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Song of Myself

Song of Myself

by Walt Whitman

Analysis: Allusions

When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance" (section 2)
  • Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (section 38)
  • World Religions: Greek myth, Hinduism, Islam, Brahmism, Mayan (section 41), Christianity, Native American religions, animism, gymnosophism, Hinduism (again), Islam (again), Puritanism, atheism, etc. (section 42)
  • The Koran (section 43)

Historical References

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