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?