Analytical Commentary—Song of Myself
Section 1: “I celebrate myself, and sing myself”
By Walt Whitman
Arguable one of greatest works by Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”, contains 52 sections. It was published in 1867 under “Leaves of Grass” poetry collection. The first section of the poem, “I celebrate myself, and sing myself”, consists of 4 stanzas and 13 lines. The major theme in this section is “All humans are from nature, thus we shall all return to nature”. Walt Whitman discusses the fact that all of us will reunite back to where we came from.
Walt Whitman discusses the natural phenomena of life cycle in the peom “Song of Myself” (Leaves of Grass). “I celebrate myself, and sing myself, –And what I assume you shall assume,” (lines 1-2). The speaker announces himself as a one man show, creating an oneness feeling. The cadence in the first two lines creates a soft tone supported by the usage of simple words, however convincing language. The speaker welcomes the audience into the poem as he creates a sense unity, supporting the theme “All humans are from nature, thus we shall all return to nature”. Moreover, “For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” (line 3). This meaningful line creates empathy within the readers. Atom is the smallest unit that makes up everything in the universe. Walt Whitman suggest that everything in the World is made of up that small unit, human, animals, trees, mountains, oceans, and even the Earth itself. This signifies we all are made up of same thing, thus we are all same. “I loaf and invite my soul,—I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.” (lines 4-5), Walt Whitman creates an imagery of one observing the grass by physically being attach to it. Notice the speaker says, “I loaf and invite my soul” creating a line between his body and soul. Many believe our body is belongs to this earth, but out soul is who we actually are, supporting the theme “All humans are from nature, thus we shall all...