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Political Poems: Song of myself and Leaves of Grass

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Consider the selections from Song of Myself in historical context. These poems were written less than six years before the Civil War and the country was embroiled in a national debate about slavery. Later, Whitman revised Leaves of Grass at least six times. Do you sense that some of these poems are political? Are they meant to challenge the status quo? If not, explain how politics are left out of these poems

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As you consider historical context within "Song of Myself," I detect political undertones and a definite challenge of the status quo in these texts. For example, I perceive Whitman's uses of "I" as symbolic of Americans overall in order to augment a sense of tolerance, equality, and democracy as he aligns: ...

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Song of myself and Leaves of Grass are briefly examined in terms of historical context.