James Dougherty: On "One's Self I Sing"
The 1855 "Song of Myself" had announced that the "word of the modern" was "a word en masse," and eventually Whitman would revise this 1867 Inscription to affirm that "En-Masse" was also "the word Democratic." In a modern, democratic society, as Tocqueville had said, no intermediate allegiances stand between the individual citizen and the entire body politic. The Self is indeed separate, isolated; it has renounced party and creed and local custom, all mediating bodies that provide a system of preference or exclusion.
|Title||James Dougherty: On "One's Self I Sing"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||James Dougherty||Criticism Target||Walt Whitman|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||14 May 2020|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||Walt Whitman and the Citizen's Eye|
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