The game

from Walt Whitman – Song of Myself on Rap Genius


Refers to life as “the game,” suggesting a kind of voyeuristic experience of one’s own being alive. The theme of these lines, more generally, might be about how a human experiences her own life, and whether that experience is authentically in the present or a kind of transposition of other, analogous experiences. In other words, are we living each moment on its own, authentic terms, or constantly linking our experiences based on their relative likeness to events, people, and places we already “know,” in doing so knowing the world only in long strands of likes and dislikes? Such voyeuristic self-storytelling is also the theme of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

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