Paper on Song of Myself as an American Epic

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Lindsay Lastinger and Elizabeth Holland AP English Language Coach Allen Walt Whitman Project January 9, 2010 Song of Myself as an American Epic “Song of Myself”, written by the great American poet Walt Whitman, is a poem that mostly attempts to explore the boundaries of one’s true inner self as well as the communion of individuals. Whitman writes, “I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you….” Through these words Whitman implies that the “self” referred to in this poem is not just himself as an individual, but a representation of all individuals in the universe, and their subtle interconnections with each other. Throughout his work, Whitman seems to emphasize the value of human’s intellectual connections and physical interaction—a concept that is necessary in the implementation of political democracy. The true definition of democracy plays a vital role in the central ideas of the poem, as this poem was written during a time of extreme change and urbanization in America. Democracy involves a large group of uniquely-minded individuals coming together to form a
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