Revision MC111 - Prof. C. Hunt MC 111 November 27, 2006...

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Prof. C. Hunt MC 111 November 27, 2006 Nature of Self The organic nature of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself celebrates the embodiment of the universal Self, and the interconnectedness and enduring essence of humanity. Whitman’s use of natural images draws the reader to a less self-conscious state, illuminating the relationship of the individual to the larger whole and the equality of all regardless of form, class, race or sex. Whitman lays the groundwork for his poem by inviting the reader to journey with him, to see what he sees, smell what he smells and feel what he feels. He challenges the reader to understand that the events of daily life may, to some extent, shape experience and identity, but they do not define the true Self. The Self is not at the mercy of corporeal circumstances; it watches and waits, embraces and anticipates: Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am, Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary, Looks down, is erect, or bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest,
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Revision MC111 - Prof. C. Hunt MC 111 November 27, 2006...

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