An Analysis Of Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself

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Walt Whitman was one of the most influential writers of his time, and his best piece of work titled, The leaves of grass”, is a perfect example of his prolific career. Throughout this poetic masterpiece Walt Whitman rips apart the true meaning of life, democracy, and most importantly love. Walt Whitman once stated that, “Those who love each other shall become invincible.” I think this quote is value in many ways. Walt Whitman preached love through every aspect of human life and nature, even believing that humans should love no matter what the circumstance is, because it will lead them to their happiness and peace at some point. Walt Whitman’s leaves of grass includes a series of poems including………., all of which share teachings of Whitman…show more content…
In this poem we see Whitman identify himself with in his environment stating, “Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes,I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it,The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it”. What Whitman is comparing the houses and rooms to the world and civilizations and the perfumes to actual human beings and he analyzes them as they surround him with their timtation or their scent, but he does not allow them to misconstrue his judgement. This is an example of how Whitman individualizes himself in order to maintain his own identity and love for himself, so that he may merge it with the universe and create lasting experiences as he desires. This is an important aspect because Whitman defines himself with other people but he relates to them and he doesn't judge them because of their difference, he embraces them due to their difference in circumstance. Another important aspect of identifying one's self so that you may love yourself is being able to explore life through every physical sense of it. Being able to feel life and its experience through the feeling of touch, sound, smell, sight, and taste brings Whitman happiness, even the feeling of his heartbeat, the feeling of breathing, and the feeling of health brings Whitman satisfaction in himself hence allowing him to continue to love

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