The Image of the Restless Traveller in Whitman’s “Song of Myself”


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Essay #: 068205
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The beginning:
The Image of the Restless Traveller in Whitman’s "Song of Myself"
If there is one recurrent image or symbol that emerges time and again in Whitman’s Song of Myself, it is the image of quest. In the pages that follow, we shall explore this image because it almost appears as though the theme Whitman wants to evoke is that of the great epic narrative wherein a questing, ambitious and truth-seeking American tries to become more than he is at present – and ends up associating himself with the universe to such an extent that he becomes indistinguishable from the universe at large. Reviewing the poem carefully, one is left with a sense that Whitman sees himself as being a man who is a traveller in life – and what he is travelling after is for a...
The end:
.....ey do not know how immortal, but I know)”(Whitman, stanza 7, lines 4-11). The traveller is always moving and that may mean he is rootless – but he never runs out of friends.
To end, the paper above is a good review of the traveller image that crops up at various times in the grand poem that is amongst the several that made Walt Whitman famous. One might say that such an image can be an unhappy one insofar as the traveller never lays down roots and lives a life of transience; however, another way of looking at it is that the traveller is a man who moves beyond his own backyard to become a friend of the world.
Works Cited
Whitman, Walt. Song of Myself.
. Princeton University. 30 Mar. 2011.