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Every poem is an answer to the question what is poetry for Write about how any one poet has confronted this question in his or her work Every poem is the poets attempt to answer the question what is poetry for and no less the work of Walt Whitman perhaps one of Americans greatest poets In Song of Myself he wrote Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems and his one masterpiece the collection Leaves of Grass proved very much so In the first poem in the collection Ones Self I Sing Whitman stated what his poetry will be Of Life immerse in passion pulse and power The Modern Man I sing Poetry is Whitmans chosen form of expression of the triumph of the self and the celebration of life He believes that one has to celebrates sic natural propensities in himself and this is the way he celebrates all This is exactly what he advocates in his greatest poem Song of Myself Of these one and all referring to aspects of life I weave the song of myself This will be a theme which resonates throughout his lifes work that he sees himself as an embodiment of all experience He declared this intention of his poems quite explicitly Thou Reader throbbest life and pride and love the same as I Therefore for thee the following chants It is through these songs these poems that he is able to share his appreciation for existence and able to breathes sic into anything that was before thought small such that it dilates with the grandeur and life of the universe The free verse he writes in enforces freedom from any form of structure thus the enjoyment of life at its simplest In celebrating life Whitmans poetry is thus reflective of the exultation of the moment He respects the past projects the future but rejoices in
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