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I Picked Some Of My Favorite Lines In "Song Of Myself" By Walt Whitman And Decided To Write About Them

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Walt Whitman, a Great American Poet

Walt Whitman was among the most influential poets in American. His works boldly emphasize the worth of the individual. When I first began to read some of his poems in the packet "Song of Myself," by Walt Whitman, these are the lines that intrigued me: "I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume, you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you" (Whitman 1011). After I read these first lines, I realized that Whitman seemed to be concerned not simply with himself, but with all of humanity.

Whitman began "Song of Myself," with these confident lines. In these few words he explained when he celebrated and sang, we also should be celebrating and singing. Whitman was suggesting that we are all connected together, and what he knew we also know. When he continued on in the poem, he was not singularly referring to himself but everybody; in a sense, we that all have these thoughts and ideas. Generous in spirit, he seemed to want everyone to enjoy what he experienced. Whitman had a very positive attitude and feelings. I love the way he noticed the joy of simple things in nature, and cheered him up: "I celebrate myself, and sing myself" (Whitman). Nowadays, our lifestyle is usually rushed not allowing us to enjoy the moments we have. Thus, we pass almost everything small but precious and only aim at bigger goals in life. That is why most of us are often in stressful and depressed conditions.

Whitman's words reminded me that I am just a single and simple individual in this world, and I am not better than anyone else. "We were all born equal" as the Declaration of Independence said. Whitman's words also brought...

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