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Whitman and his Country During his lifetime Walt Whitman strived to be the American poet First Whitman illustrates the simplicity of daily American life and embraces this feature of American culture He presents the natural or unsophisticated life of everyday Americans in a way that makes the reader proud to be a part of this country Whitman also encompasses the American way by defending democracy and defining what America is all about By these means Whitman impresses upon the reader the importance of everything that is put together to create what is called America Throughout I sing the Body Electric Whitman revels in the absolute goodness of the American daily life Whitman describes his account of daily life in its purest form In the second section of this poem the reader gets the impression that Whitman is sitting on a bench observing the routine activities of the town around him He specifically describes the wrestle of wrestlers 19 the march of firemen 22 and the swimmer naked in the swimmingbath 11 All of these people are all typical roles played throughout an average day in an American town This showed that Whitman had an appreciation for the normalcy of daily American life Again in the third section of this poem Whitman presents the reader with another average role in society a farmer At this time in history being a farmer was an ordinary job because most Americans were farmers back then The attributes that Whitman assigns to an otherwise common farmer 32 makes the reader appreciate the American ordinariness farmer even more This man was of wonderful vigor calmness beauty of person The shape of his head the pale yellow and white of his hair and beard and the immeasurable meaning of his black eyes-- the richness and breadth of his manners 35-39 Whitman takes a plain American worker and envisions him as person of dignity and pride a person that has lived a
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