I Sing The Body Electric- Analysis of Poem by Walt Whitman

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at this poem and Whitmans’ life friendship with Ralph Waldo Emerson, the witnessing of the selling of slaves, his familial relations, his fascination with his own sexuality, his boyhood experiences with nature, and his unique education.

Examination of Walt Whitman?s poem and what kind of life led to the writing of such.
`Whitman was born on a farm called West Hills in Long Island, New York on May 31st, 1819. To him, the human body is a poem that should not be approached without emotion. `I Sing the Body Electric` was his first of many attempts to poetically express the male or female form (Loving, 202). It is a biographical poem, which is easy to discern if one examines his life’s episodes: his friendship with Ralph Waldo Emerson, the witnessing of the selling of slaves, his familial relations, his fascination with his own sexuality, his boyhood experiences with nature, and his unique education.`


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