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Speaker, “Song of Myself” am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul. Shorelines Represent a place of emotional security; featured in some of Whitman’s most confessional poems, such as “I Ebbed with the Ocean of Life” Symbols Plants Symbolize the cycle of life, growth, and change; often explored in the context of death as part of an ongoing natural cycle I Whitman casts himself in the persona of the omniscient common-man narrator. Key Figures Abraham Lincoln Whitman eulogizes the 16th president in his poems, including“O Captain! My Captain!” You Conventional fiction pretends the audience does not exist, but Whitman breaks this “fourth wall” to speak directly to the reader. New York Paumanok—Long Island—and New York City figure prominently in Whitman's work. Frank Expressionof Sexuality Whitman’s often erotic imagery got him banned for obscenity. Abolition Whitman opposed slavery and volunteered as a wartime nurse during the Civil War. Context Leaves of Grassby the Numbers Copies of the first edition of Leaves of Grass that Whitman self-published 795 Revised editions and reprints of Leaves of Grass that Whitman oversaw in his lifetime 9 Amount paid at auction for a first edition of Leaves of Grass in 2014 $305,000 WALT WHITMAN1819–92 Known as the father of free verse, Whitman was a revolutionary American in many ways. A staunch and outspoken liberal, Whitman championed the common man and urban street culture in his masterpiece Leaves of Grass. His favorite literary techniques included anaphora, starting multiple lines with the same word. Author Sources: CNBC, Encyclopaedia Britannica, NPR, The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman edited by J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings, Walt Whitmanby David S. Reynolds, The Walt Whitman Archive, World Heritage Encyclopedia Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Whitman’s mission was to unite all Americans in the appreciation of their diverse country and the wonders of the written word. He wished to absorb the United States so that it could absorb him. First published shortly before the Civil War, Leaves of Grass celebrates humanity in all its forms and offers a voice for the marginalized. The Songof AmericanDemocracy THEMES Democracy Inclusive and communal, poems have power when shared aloud. Nature Humans are united in their experience of the natural world. Unity vs. Individualism Self-expression is key to afulfilling life in a collective society. English Original Language 1855–92 Years Published Walt Whitman Author Leaves of Grass Nature Poetry

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