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Song Of Myself, I

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I Celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil,
this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and

their parents the same,
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Terry Craddock 18 April 2015

'Leaves of Grass' would have been my choice, an inspired exceptional poem, 'Song Of Myself' is more an old friend and an introduction.

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Exalted sense of being and belonging. A profound poem.

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Michael Walker 12 March 2020

Whitman begins his long poem at age 37, in perfect health. 'Leaves of Grass', which contains 'Song of Myself', would occupy him for the rest of his long life. He revised often, for one thing. 'I Celebrate myself, and sing myself'-so original. He identifies with humanity, ' For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you'.

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Muzahidul Reza 17 November 2017

Song Of Myself, a great poem for democracy, loved

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Michael Morgan 18 April 2015

The most fascinating persona of 19th century American literature introduces itself. The voice is simply impossible to ignore. Is the poem to follow 'too long'? We hope not.

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Peter Stavropoulos 18 April 2015

First section, and introduction, to possibly the best modern American poem. Song of Myself, in full, captures the essence of Whitman's poetic vision. When I first read this poem I was captured by it from the very first line. Pure poetry. (Whitman's first version of Son of Myself published did not have the words and sing myself. I prefer the original version.)

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Kim Barney 18 April 2015

Hardly one of his best poems. Puzzles me how they are selected. Sometimes I think PH just has their computers pick one at random.

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