​Walt Whitman presents a radically pluralistic view of humanity, cosmology, and nationality in his poem “Song of Myself

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Walt Whitman presents a radically pluralistic view of humanity, cosmology, and nationality in his poem “Song of Myself.” Whitman sees human beings as fundamentally related, alike, equal, and this perspective drives not only the style of his poetry (the free verse of his composition, as well as the subject matter/material he addresses), but also his politics–his staunch stance against slavery, most conspicuously. What arguments does Whitman produce to defend this idea of radical plurality? What does he say in “Song of Myself” to explain his belief in the deep connection and equality he imagines for all Americans (indeed, all people generally)? Where specifically in the poem do you see evidence of this signature Whitmanian thought?

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