Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

Song Of Myself, I - Poem by Walt Whitman

I Celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

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

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil,
this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and
their parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.

Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never
forgotten,
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.


Comments about Song Of Myself, I by Walt Whitman

  • Silver Star - 3,570 Points Michael Morgan (4/18/2015 9:13:00 PM)

    The most fascinating persona of 19th century American literature introduces itself. The voice is simply impossible to ignore. Is the poem to follow 'too long'? We hope not. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,074 Points Peter Stavropoulos (4/18/2015 8:08:00 PM)

    First section, and introduction, to possibly the best modern American poem. Song of Myself, in full, captures the essence of Whitman's poetic vision. When I first read this poem I was captured by it from the very first line. Pure poetry. (Whitman's first version of Son of Myself published did not have the words and sing myself. I prefer the original version.) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,545 Points Kim Barney (4/18/2015 3:09:00 PM)

    Hardly one of his best poems. Puzzles me how they are selected. Sometimes I think PH just has their computers pick one at random. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,730 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (4/18/2015 10:04:00 AM)

    Exalted sense of being and belonging. A profound poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,306 Points Terry Craddock (4/18/2015 4:35:00 AM)

    'Leaves of Grass' would have been my choice, an inspired exceptional poem, 'Song Of Myself' is more an old friend and an introduction. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, November 28, 2014


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