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Song of Myself by Walt Whitman
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Nov 23, 09

Read in November, 2009

At first, I was ambivalent about reading a poem with such a narcissistic title. Once I read it, however, one realizes how optimistic Whitman is, a rarity among naturalists. It sincerely pains me that Whitman's love for the human body, male or female, is frowned upon because of his sexuality. His descriptions of love and sex are romantic and beautiful, but they are ruined by society's judgment. I do not believe his intent to write this book was to get laughed at by a class of immature teenagers, but instead was to be embraced for his honesty about his sexuality.
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