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His Song to Us Walt Whitman changed the way poetry is viewed today by his use of free verse He was one of the first poets to use this type of poetry which does not use regular rhyme scheme and meter Whitman was not appreciated or admired at first for using this type of writing Even though he abandoned meter and rhyme schemes he still used many poetic elements such as character imagery language theme tone and form One poem that displays these elements is Song of Myself Just a single section of this poem will contain all the elements listed The dominant theme of this poem is Whitmans dedication to nature and animals Every stanza in this poem is talking about either his love for animals or his involvement with nature One aspect of Whitmans character that any reader can admire is the way he uses free verse and doesnt adapt rhyme scheme and meter which was the most popular style of writing during his time Whitman himself is the speaker of the poem and you can see this when he says It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life 236 This not only suggests that he is the speaker of the poem but it also shows the amount of reading he has done The speaker uses clear images to describe a horse jockey when he says The Negro holds firmly the reins of his horse the block swags underneath on its tied-over-chain The Negro that drives the long dray of the stone- yard steady and tall he stands poisd on one leg on the string-piece His blue shirt exposes his ample neck and breast and loosens over his hip band 225-227 I feel that these images suggest that black men are equal to white men because a horse jockey is somewhat considered a noble sport and at the time Whitman wrote this slavery was still
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