Walt Whitman, a kosmos,

from Walt Whitman – Song of Myself on Rap Genius

Meaning

Whitman writes in the Transcendentalist tradition of Ralph Waldo Emerson, fulfilling Emerson’s call for a proper American Poet.

Whitman borrows “kosmos” from Emerson’s description of beauty. With this Greek word, Whitman makes Self and Nature one and the same, indistinguishable. At the same time, he identifies himself with order and beauty.

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