Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" Handout

Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" Handout
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An analysis of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” that is designed to provide your students with a stylistic and thematic overview of the very long poem, not a close explication of it. Aspects of style discussed are the metrics of the poem, its use of alliteration and assonance, its cataloging technique, its diction, and its symbolism. Numerous examples of these stylistic features in the poem are given. Major themes which are examined include the reincarnation philosophy in the poem, body and soul, love, individualism, equality, opposition to slavery, the repression of women, faith in progress, democracy, and Whitman’s praise of science and technology, the last atypical of Romantic and Transcendental writers. Passages from “Song of Myself” exemplifying these themes are studied. My handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, may be used as a homework assignment or an in-class activity. An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.
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5 pages
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50 minutes
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