Whitman and Bello (and Thoreau too- but like in only one sentence)

Whitman’s “Song of myself” gives insight to a natural way of living. Whitman lives this poem in a very active way, in several sections even describing how he lives and views nature. Section 6 goes in depth about what grass supposedly is, and shows how he is at peace with nature-

“And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of grass”

The way he is one with nature is an experience that not many can feel, but he believes those who can should try. Bello believes that people should be with nature too, he believes those who experience nature are better for it, the common men who work the fields more richer than city folk. Both grasp a similar but different view on the natural world. It seems like Whitman believes in a cycle of life, where it is best to live happily and kindly to all of the world. Bello believes in the sacredness of the worked environment, he wants to keep society humble in the face of innovation.

All of them agree that life is best lived with nature. Whitman believes a kind and giving life, not fretful of death and suffering. Bello pushes the virtues of the land we live and work on, the strength such a land can give you. Thoreau the wisdom and peace simply spending hours at a time exploring the land untouched by man.

Whitman seems to believe that all life is sacred, that all people in all the things they do are important. This is why the term “All-Embracing” could be used to describe him. He embraces all life, even those who other deem evil, like the escaped slave in section 10, treated with respect and kindness. The world is beautiful, and all of it should be given kindness, the land where men don’t walk and the men who walk upon land.


Haven says:

I mean yeah. You pretty much nailed it here, man. I would go a little farther and say that Bello is kind of condescending about it. But yeah, I definitely agree here.

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