Paper on Symbolism in Song of Myself

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Lindsay Lastinger and Elizabeth Holland AP English Language Coach Allen Walt Whitman Project January 9, 2010 Symbolism in Song of Myself “Song of Myself”, a poem written by Walt Whitman uses the simplicity yet uniqueness of a single blade of grass to symbolize several key concepts throughout his epic poem. Whitman’s in depth study of grass begins with a single question: “…What is grass?” This question initiates a whirlwind of concepts and symbolic ideas in correlation with the characteristics of grass. Every blade of grass is unique in its own way, but together, all blades of grass form one single body of equal magnitude. Implementing this theory, Whitman portrays grass as a symbol of his idea of a perfect democracy—just one of several concepts grass comes to symbolize throughout the poem. Like each single blade of grass, every individual has his or her own unique qualities and ideas. When the qualities and ideas of all individuals are peacefully fused together, the product is that
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