PREFACE TO SONG OF MYSELF. REFLECTIONS OF A MINDFUL HEART. As the first of twelve untitled poems in the first (1855) edition of Leaves of Grass. Preface To Song Of Myself. I have learned much over the years about resiliency, and the ability of the human heart to overcome extreme trauma and develop successful coping skills. I have read much in the area of psychology, but some of the most valuable lessons I have learned have come from personal experiences with others and myself.
Song of Myself Summary - The first edition was published by Whitman at his own expense. Song of Myself,” the longest poem in Leaves of Grass, is a joyous celebration of the human self in its most expanded, spontaneous, self-sufficient, and all-embracing state as it observes and interacts with everything in creation and ranges freely over time and space.
Song of Myself 1892 version by Walt Whitman Poetry Foundation In the second (1856) edition, Whitman used the title "Poem of Walt Whitman, an American," which was shortened to "Walt Whitman" for the third (1860) edition. I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air, Born here.