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Song of Myself

Song of Myself

by Walt Whitman

Section 25 Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

  • Whitman claims that if he could not participate in the sunrise, it would kill him.
  • He describes how his voice tries to describe spiritual truths – things you cannot see with your eyes.
  • He imagines that his speech mocks him for not being able to express in words the things he understands.
  • Whitman responds to this charge by claiming that the truths he wants to express have not blossomed yet in the world. He is like a prophet.
  • He doesn't need to express what he knows and doesn't need spoken words to validate him.

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