One's-Self I Sing

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Walt Whitman (1819—1892) American poet

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Poem by Whitman, published as “Inscription” in Leaves of Grass (1867) and given its present title in 1871. According to Whitman's plan, the poem is printed first in his book. It celebrates the “simple, separate Person” as a physical, moral, intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic being, but declares that when he sings of himself, he uses the “word En-masse” to show that he represents the modern democratic man.

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