One's Self I Sing

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)




   ONE'S-SELF I sing--a simple, separate Person;
   Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-masse.

   Of Physiology from top to toe I sing;
   Not physiognomy alone, nor brain alone, is worthy for the muse--I say
         the Form complete is worthier far;
   The Female equally with the male I sing.

   Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power,
   Cheerful--for freest action form'd, under the laws divine,
   The Modern Man I sing.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 26, 2023

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Scheme XX AXXA XXA
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 440
Words 71
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 2, 4, 3

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