Whitman's Democracy

"I speak the pass-word primeval, I give the sign of democracy, By God! I
will Accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on the same

This is Whitman's expression of the idea of democracy taken from
"Song of Myself." In this all encompassing interpretation Whitman says
that the freedom offered by democracy is for all not a chosen few. It
included all people, not renouncing those of other races, creeds, or social
standings. Examples of this acceptance are scattered through many of the
poems Whitman wrote.
In his poem "To a Common Prostitute" Whitman wrote: "Not till The
sun excludes you do I exclude you." He has accepted the women as a
prostitute, but this also ...

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as such. as democracy should embrace all.
Whitman commends the many people of America in "I Hear America
Singing." He writes of the mothers, and the carpenters. He says that they
all sing their own song of what belongs to them. In this poem Whitman
brings these people from all backgrounds together as Americans. In the
freedom of American democracy they are allowed to sing of what is theirs.
In these poems Whitman has described those held in the lowest
esteem. He has also described the common man, the mothers, and the
soldiers. He speaks for all these people, liberating them. He has taken
them out from the ranks that society had put them in, and brought them
together, glorifying them and America in the light of ...

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Category: Poetry & Poets
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