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Explication Through a multitude of literary devices and techniques Walt Whitmans poem Song of Myself is one of his most famous contributions to American literature He uses simile and metaphor paradox rhythm and free verse style to convey his struggle between the relation of the body and soul the physical and the spiritual being He continues to disobey all social restrictions of the romantic time period From the beginning Whitman begins by stating What I shall assume you shall assume for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you proposing that the reader listen to him for he possesses all of the answers to life The setting is somewhat naturalistic and offers an image of the speaker relaxing possibly sprawled out across a blanket philosophizing about life while in the middle of a peaceful meadow As the poem later shifts in tone and setting Whitman starts to think about the answers to life he has come up with based upon the past and decides that the reader should hear him out one final time as his ideas have changed This brings us to 44 of Song of Myself In section 44 of Song of Myself Whitmans first stanza begins Its time to explain myselflet us stand up What is known I strip awayI launch all men and women forward with me into the unknown The clock indicates the momentbut what does eternity indicate Eternity lies in bottomless reservoirsits buckets are rising forever and ever they pour and they pour and they exhale away Whitman is simply stating that he wants to tell the purpose of his madness The madness that Whitman expresses is that of power and self-confidence Whitman has written this based upon his experiences in life Through these experiences he has grown to know certain things about life and tries to pass them down to the reader Throughout the beginning of the poem Whitman takes the reader by
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