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Title: I celebrate myself, and sing myself

I celebrate myself, and sing myself
  • Walt Whitman
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  • Walt Whitman was born in West Hills,
    Huntington on Long Island in New York, second of
    nine children born to Walter Whitman and Louisa
    (Van Velsor) Whitman. One of his siblings, born
    prior to him, did not make it past infancy. His
    most famous work is Leaves of Grass, which he
    continued to edit and revise until his death. A
    group of Civil War poems, included within Leaves
    of Grass, is often published as an independent
    collection under the name of Drum-Taps.

  • The first versions of "The Leaves of Grass" were
    self-published and poorly received. Several poems
    featured graphic depictions of the human body,
    enumerated in Whitman's innovative "cataloging"
    style, which contrasted with the reserved Puritan
    ethic of the period. Despite its revolutionary
    content and structure, subsequent editions of the
    book evoked critical indifference in the US
    literary establishment. Outside the US, the book
    was a world-wide sensation, especially in France,
    where Whitman's intense humanism influenced the
    naturalist revolution in French letters.

  • By 1865 Walt Whitman was world-famous, and Leaves
    of Grass had been accepted by a publishing house
    in the US. Though still considered an iconoclast
    and a literary outsider, the poet's status began
    to grow at home. During his final years, Whitman
    became a respected literary vanguard visited by
    young artists. Several photographs and paintings
    of Whitman with a large beard cultivated a
    "Christ-figure" mystique. Whitman did not invent
    American transcendentalism, but he had become its
    most famous exponent and was also associated with
    American mysticism. In the 20th century, young
    writers such as Hart Crane, William Carlos
    Williams, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac
    rediscovered Whitman and reinterpreted his
    literary festo for younger audiences.

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  • For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to
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  • I loafe and invite my soul,
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  • I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of
    summer grass.
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  • My tongue, every atom of my blood, formd from
    this soil, this air,
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  • Born here of parents born here from parents the
    same, and their parents the same,
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  • I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health
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  • Hoping to cease not till death.
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  • Creeds and schools in abeyance,
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  • Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are,
    but never forgotten,
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  • I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at
    every hazard,
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  • Nature without check with original energy.
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  • "Song of Myself" is a poem by Walt Whitman that
    was included in his book of poems Leaves of
    Grass. The poem appeared as the first of twelve
    untitled poems in the 1855 edition, and it is one
    of the best-known poems in the book. In the
    edition of 1856, Whitman titled it "Poem of Walt
    Whitman, an American." It was called "Song of
    Myself" in the 1881-82 edition.

  • The poem was divided into fifty-two numbered
    sections in the 1867 edition.There seems to a
    strong Transcendentalist influence on the poem, a
    theory somewhat validated by Ralph Waldo
    Emerson's enthusiastic letter praising the first
    edition of Leaves of Grass. And yet, in addition
    to this romanticism, the poem seems to anticipate
    a kind of realism that would only come to the
    forefront of United States literature after the
    American Civil War.

  • In this poem Whitman seems to put himself in the
    center, but the "self" of the poem's speaker -
    the "I" of the poem - should not be limited to or
    confused with the person of the historical Walt
    Whitman. This is an expansive persona, one that
    has exploded the conventional boundaries of the
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