Song of Yourself - Walt Whitman's Birthday on May 31

There is something about Whitman's plainspokenness that I have always admired.


I would say that is one aspect of Americanism I hear in his writing as well as the profound self-absorption / self-observation of Song of Myself.


I had always wondered how the poem might read if one transposed the first-person pronouns - from song of myself to song of yourself. What if Whitman had looked more outwardly than in?


Here's what it sounds like: Reading Walt Whitman in the Mirror.


A minor blueprint for an America in deep need of healing through dropping its self-absorption?


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