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Walt Whitman and Humanity Walt Whitman was a transcendentalist poet who was the first American to use free write He puts to use imagery and creates numerous ideas and thoughts He wrote various poems including Song of Myself and When Lilacs in the Dooryard Bloomd When reading these particular poems Whitman seems to be concerned not simply with himself but with all of humanity These poems supply us with convincing evidence of this notion The five main points are that Whitman uses I in the collective form celebration of being an American national figures death patterns of life death and rebirth and the peoples connection with nature I celebrate myself and sing myself And what I assume you shall assume For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you11-3 Whitman begins Song of Myself with these confident lines In these few words he explains that when he celebrates and sings we should also be celebrating and singing That we are all connected together and what he knows we also know When he continues on in the poem he is not singularly referring to himself but everybody that all have these thoughts and ideas This is why he uses grass in the question that the child asks since grass has roots all over everybody is involved Also he later states we have several things in common including the air that covers all Everybody is part of a larger force the universe and every person becomes undistinguishable from it In conjunction with Whitman using I as a collective form he also focuses on the celebration of being an American He describes what various people do in their lives to make then what they are whether they are a singer or a carpenter they celebrate their life as an American From the Yankee to the Southerner to the Californians we are all comrades and not a single person
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