Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"
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This paper discusses why Walt Whitman ranks as one of America's major poets of the nineteenth century and how his "Leaves of Grass", which contains "Song of Myself" is considered by critic and author Edwin Haviland Miller "the first great poem in American literature."
From the Paper:"Let's face it: we are far more "at ease" in limiting poetry and poets to the pale blushes of an Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Shelleys of the past. Even some American poetry seems destined to be clothed in the bleak black gowns of women who wrote poetry as an escape from their dull realities. It may be a simplistic cliche to consider "Song of Myself" as being a breath of fresh air, where humanity, with its foibles, its laughter, its temporary tragedies, can lead us to "see" the images the poet provides, rather than parsing, line for line, searching for some "deeper, hidden meaning"."
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