Song of Myself

Song of Myself Presents the most important th century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism Contains critical biographies

  • Title: Song of Myself
  • Author: Walt Whitman
  • ISBN: 9780146001895
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • Presents the most important 20th century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author s life, and an indexWhitman s celebration of human complexity influenced generations of poets.

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    1. NOW AVAILABLE!Walt Whitman’s poem, which would eventually become “Song of Myself,” had no title in the 1855, first edition of Leaves of Grass. In the 1856 edition, it was “A Poem of Walt Whitman, an American.” In 1860, the title changed to “Walt Whitman.” It wasn’t until 1871 that Whitman changed the title to “Song of Myself.” Along with the changes in title were changes made over the course of time to the poem itself. Whitman’s “I” is a spectator, a commentator of what [...]

    2. Well, one thing I gathered from this poem is that Walt Whitman loves himself, and he loves America. To his mind, America is everything; it is freedom; it is democracy; it is happiness, and, again, according to him, it is the most poetic place on Earth. Through this he is trying to establish a unified America, and a mind-set that is distinctively American. After the civil war he wanted the nation to identify themselves with these ideals and to break from the past, as seen by his personal breaking [...]

    3. Song of Myself: With a Complete Commentary by Walt Whitman is a sectional breakdown of the poem with two different commentators -- Ed Folsom and Christopher Merrill. Folsom teaching and research have centered on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry and culture. He earned his MA and PhD from the University of Rochester and currently the Roy J. Carver Professor of English at the University of Iowa. Merrill is an American poet, essayist, journalist and translator. Currently, he serves [...]

    4. bbc/programmes/b0770h0vDescription: Orson Welles read Whitman's trailblazing poem for the BBC Third Programme in 1953. In a new landmark reading of the poem, Welles' voice is interwoven with readings from a small cast of acclaimed actors - Michael Sheen, Clarke Peters, Julianna Jennings, Kyle Soller and Eleanor Bron. With an introduction from poet, Mark Doty. Reader Orson WellesWriter Walt WhitmanReader Michael SheenReader Julianna JenningsReader Kyle SollerReader Clarke PetersReader Mark Doty

    5. The first six sections of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself present a myriad of issues both in subject matter and style. Reading these sections is a very different experience from reading a sonnet or even blank verse. Whitman's form was revolutionary when it arrived on the literary scene, and it continues to be distinctive. To some, Whitman's form is the essence of his art, and part of what makes Song of Myself so accessible and so entrancing. But to others it seems mere sloppiness – Whitman's li [...]

    6. Okay. This is a good start. I don't know if I'll ever read Leaves of Grass. I wish to, but something tells me I won't be doing that any time soon. However, I liked this poem. There's so much optimism in here that I thought I could never relate to it. And I was right Still, I enjoyed reading this. I mean, he lost me during some verses, but after a couple of seconds and a sip of coffee, I was ready to keep going; there are a lot of beautiful lines waiting to be appreciated.I think I could turn and [...]

    7. E o mundo à nossa volta fez-se poesia e música. Pelas mãos encantadas de Walt Whitman."Já disse que a alma não é mais do que o corpo,E disse que o corpo não é mais do que a alma,E nada, nem Deus, é maior para uma pessoa que ela própria,E quem caminha duzentos metros sem amar caminha amortalhado para o seu próprio funeral,E eu ou tu que não possuímos um centavo podemos comprar o melhor que a Terra contém,E olhar com um só olho ou mostrar um feijão na sua vagem desconcertaa aprendi [...]

    8. From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:Orson Welles read Whitman's trailblazing poem for the BBC Third Programme in 1953. In a new landmark reading of the poem, Welles' voice is interwoven with readings from a small cast of acclaimed actors - Michael Sheen, Clarke Peters, Julianna Jennings, Kyle Soller and Eleanor Bron. With an introduction from poet, Mark Doty.Produced by Emma Hardingc/programmes/b0770h0v

    9. I read this a few months ago, but I just wanted to add this to comment on 's lack of poetry section. I know that poetry has to be published in a specific volume, but most people read poetry selectively, not in its entirety (This poem took me two days to read. God knows how long Leaves of Grass would have taken). And reviewing an entire volume of poetry seems absurd when there is so much substance in just one poem. Basically, I would just like to talk about one poem instead of an entire collectio [...]

    10. Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)“Canto de Mim Mesmo”, no original "Song of Myself" (1856) de Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892) é um dos livros que tenho relido com alguma regularidade.Poesia sobre homens e mulheres de todas as profissões ou credos, da luz e das sombras, de paisagens imensas, do corpo e da alma, dos prazeres sensuais, do amor, do sexo e da luxúria…“Este canto de mim mesmo não se faz com palavras rotineiras,Interroga abruptamente, para mais longe trazer para perto”(43)Um livro de [...]

    11. You have found a thousand acres are too many? You have found the great land too?Wrought so much to learn to read?Felt proud to see fit the meaning of poems?It is this day and night with me and you will possess the origin of all poems,Dispossess the good of the earth and the sun, (there are millions of suns to find,)No longer possess it anything from second or third hand, nor will look through the eyes of the dead, or be fed thee Ghosts that is in the books,Nor will look through my eyes, neither [...]

    12. What I love about poetry is that there is a lot of room for interpretation. And in those beautiful 80 pages, Whitman did deliver what he promised before getting into the poem:"You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self."A must-read for anyone who likes to analyze things. It made me want to be in a book club just to discuss it. I think if I loved poetry a bit more, I might have appreciated it immensely. A few bi [...]

    13. As Whitman says, "Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?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 spectres in books,You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self."

    14. “(…) Se me queres ter de novo, procura-me debaixo da sola das tuas botas.Dificilmente saberás quem sou ou o que significo,Todavia dar-te-ei saúde,E filtrando o teu sangue dar-te-ei vigor,Se à primeira não me encontrares, não desanimes,Se não estiver num lugar, procura-me noutro,Algures estarei à tua espera”. (Walt Whitman – Canto de mim mesmo)

    15. XXIV"Walt Whitman, um cosmo, o filho de Manhattan,Turbulento, carnal, sensual, comendo, bebendo e procriando,Não é um sentimental, não olha de cima os homens e as mulheres nem se afasta deles, Não é mais modesto que imodesto.Retirai as fechaduras das portas!Retirai as próprias portas dos seus umbrais!"

    16. "No te desanimes si no me encuentras al primer intentode no estar junto a ti, mira más lejos,que yo en alguna parte me detendré a esperarte"

    17. "يا غرور شروق الشمس لا أحتاج دفئك أنتَ تضيء السطوح وحدها، أما أنـا !فألجُ السطوح والأعماق معًا".

    18. Whitman is one of those writers whose merits can get lost in their reputations; you forget how good he is when you're not reading him. His role as the mascot of a kind of kitschy Americana--especially ridiculous in this time of decline and fragmentation--overshadows his saving weirdness, his poetic originality:Before I was born out of my mother generations guided me, My embryo has never been torpid . . . . nothing could overlay it; For it the nebula cohered to an orb . . . . the long slow strata [...]

    19. In 1969 I picked up a paperback copy of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. I still have the book, underlined and worn. For me, Song of Myself has always been one of Whitman's trickier poems to tackle and I have only read it in bits and pieces. I was excited to see this new volume of Song of Myself with commentary. It gave me an opportunity to read the poem in its entirety, with aids to help me sort it out.In 2014 the University of Iowa offered an open, international online course, Every Atom: Walk [...]

    20. It was good experience for me) Although I have read poems in English before, it was the first time I have read full 80 paged poem) I didn't like all the poem, there were some parts boring, and some parts I just didn't grasp the meaning/ I don't know all the English poetic words so I had difficulty understanding it at times/(( Still Here are some parts I liked a lot: For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. The smallest sprout shows there is really no death, And if ever there was i [...]

    21. I'm reading Walt Whitman's collection of poems in his book Leaves of Grass but by far my favorite, and the poem i would want to share with the world is Song of Myself. The first time i read through the poem i had a hard time comprehending what or who Whitman was talking about. So i had to read it again, and again and even a 3rd and yes 5th time. The more i read his words the more i became aware of his understanding of himself. Not only in this poem does write scenery but Whitman spends six pages [...]

    22. Two-and-a-half stars would really be more accurate. My first mistake was trying to read it in bits and snatches when I could, instead of sitting down and drinking it all in at once. Read as a unit, < i>Song of Myself carries a clear, undeniably lovely message. But something about Whitman bothered me, and I don't know if it's him, or my unfortunate general lack of appreciation of poetry.It seemed to me like I was reading the full roster of his thoughts, with no filter, and no organization. [...]

    23. Incredible read every time it is readI read Song of Myself a year ago during an an online Modern Poetry class and again the year. There is so much to take from his poetry. The verbal written visuals of nature, people, the reflections of his world are the successes of his Poetry and so much more. He is the turning point along with Emily Dickinson as the Birthers of Modern Poetry. This is a great read, time after time, after time.

    24. This haughty asshole is the reason poets have a bad name. God complex in high doses. If you ever catch yourself saying " I celebrate myself and sing MYSELF, and what I assume YOU shall assume"- punch yourself in the face for thinking your that omnipotent. Whitman was lucky he was writing in a era of women oppression or else Emily D would have sucker punched his arrogance in the balls.

    25. This stuff is exceptional, brilliant in fact. But I am 99.9% sure that Whitman was definitely smoking something when he produced this monstrosity.

    26. خیلی زیباس و حس متفاوتی نسبت به سایر هم رده های خودش تو آدم ایجاد می کنه.یکی از دوستام بهم معرفی کرد، منم به شما توصیه می کنم.

    27. Muchas veces he dicho que no sé de poesía, no sé criticarla ni leerla más que como una amateur. Sin embargo, siento que Whitman escribió para mí (y para todxs los que estamos en la misma situación). Es una poesía más visceral, más simple, sin figuras o palabras complejas. Dice lo que quiere decir. Todo es sentimiento, emociones y sensaciones en su estado más puro.No sabía sobre la vida de Walt, así que la introducción fui muy instructiva para mí (por eso amo que los clásicos teng [...]

    28. I'm not a fan of poetry, and am convinced that I must have had so awful a teacher that I have blocked the entire endeavor from my mind. Though it could just be me. Maybe poems have more meaning as one gets older. Whatever the real reason, I decided to rectify this gap in my education by taking the MODERN & CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY class offered by Coursera. And I am smitten. I have read this poem by Whitman in parts and in its entirety several times. I have listened to a wonderful readin [...]

    29. When something is truly amazing, I can rarely find the right words to describe it, so, I'll let it talk for itself: "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 spectres in books,You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,You shall listen to all s [...]

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