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Study Questions for Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"

Vocabulary: cataloging

Introduction:

Lecture or Handouts: none

Identify the following characters:

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Identify the following places:

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Reading Questions:

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Passages for Identification: Be able to identify the poet, the poem, and briefly explain the significance or context of the passage.

A: . I celebrate myself,
And what I assume you shall assume
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loaf and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my eaase, observing a spear of summer grass.

B: I believe in you my soul, the other I am must not abase itself to you,
And you must not be abased to the other. . .
Loaf with me on the grass, loose the stop from your throat,
Not words, not music or rhyme I want, not custom or lecture, not even the best,
Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice.

C: Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, there are millions of suns left,
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes
of the dead, nor feed on the specters in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them for yourself.

 

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