In the book, “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman, the author talks about how a continual stream of human awareness, where he tries to examine death as natural and life-changing operation, that has to happen to everyone. I selected this section because I admire how Whitman uses specifics symbolisms to answer the child’s question by comparing grass with a human being society, instead of making up his mind and give the child a brief answer. The narrator established some kind of image by using similes and metaphors in the poem because the narrator’s purpose is to show us how grass can be compared with life, human, and death. In one of the sections from the poem, “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman properly begin with a child asking a question, “What is the grass?” The grass is a sign of life. God, who made both the earth, and the heavens gave birth to live. Whitman mentions to grass as a “handkerchief of the Lord” (7), as a present. When people think about the grass, they don’t have any thoughts of it as a creation but rather as a plant. Whitman mentions to the grass as “a child, the produced babe of vegetation” (11,12). Here, the author shows that the grass is a metaphor for the birth of a child. Mostly with many people, the birth of anything is commemorated because it signifies a new life and a new beginning. All of us started by being little and then after we became who we are today.
- Fall '14
- Song Of Myself