Walt Whitman: "I Sing The Body Electric" Poem Review

Walt Whitman: "I Sing The Body Electric"
A detailed analysis of Walt Whitman's famous poem "I Sing The Body Electric," focusing on the sacredness of the human body.
# 117454 | 1,444 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 03, 2009 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyzes the poem "I Sing The Body Electric," by Walt Whitman. The writer explains how the poem celebrates the beauty of the human body, both male and female, in relation to its physiology and sexuality. The physical qualities of men and women are seen as tantamount to perfect, especially when brought together in sexual union, because this is how new life is created. Whitman pushed the reader to look toward the "divine" qualities that are present in both society and human beings together. The paper examines how Whitman describes the unique roles that man and woman have in society, and their honor-bound duty to each other as they pass on knowledge and experience to new generations.

From the Paper:

"An extreme concentration on the physical construct of a human may seem to be the pinnacle of a body-central ideology that Whitman promotes. Contrary to a first look, it couldn't be further from the truth. Whitman may see the body's worldly interactions as a great source of knowledge, from the parents' experience knowledge is passed on to countless future generations that were created by a sexual moment between a man and woman. Through an erotic act two bodies may join physical with spiritual, body and soul, in new life. For the body serves as the means through which the soul may interact with the world, the body as an important avatar."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Whitman, Walt. "I Sing the Body Electric." Selected Poems - Walt Whitman. Ed. Stanley Applebaum. New York: Dover Publications INC, 1991. 19-12.

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