American Identity

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English 1302
Mr. Benefield

American Identity of Walt Whitman
What is American Identity? American identity could be any specific way a person would perceive America, or how he or she can identify America. Walt Whitman, a strong independent person but willingly was considered the most American of American poets here today. Mr. Whitman is part of American identity. The way Mr. Whitman lives his life and writes his poems it reflects some methods or behaviors of things that are going on in America today. Song of Myself (1855) is one of the most famous work that Whitman has done. Song of Myself was one of the original twelve pieces in the 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass. Walt spent a lot of time to revise and edit, reaching its final rearrangement in 1881. Song of Myself is a mixture of biography, lesson, and flowing thought. Whitman uses symbols and sly commentary to get at important issues; his poems or songs are full of important topics. One, Mr. Whitman was the poets of an egalitarian democracy. Second, sex was not a topic that was talked about in public during that century, but Walt was an independent man and showed little worry about what he wrote. In conclusion, Walt Whitman is a good example of American identity because he has experienced it mentally and physically. One, America is one country that consists of a lot of different ethnicities Caucasian, African American, Japanese, Hispanic etc. For someone like Mr. Whitman he believes that everyone must be free and equal. That is what part of being in an egalitarian democracy is. An egalitarian democracy is the belief in equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life. “He sings of himself, he sings equally.” –Walt Whitman

Second, In America around the 1850’s sex was never talked about in public, but Mr. Whitman had the courage to write a poem “Live Oak with Moss” that tells about a homosexual love affair. Walt Whitman‘s Live Oak, With Moss, is an complicated...
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