« Joanna Hubbard | Main | The Yellow Wallpaper »

Robert Kipp

"Song of Myself" is assembled in 52 sections, each of which seems as if it could pass as a poem in its own right. What is Whitman's purpose in organizing the work as he has? Does the reader experience some cumulative effect upon finishing? In other words, how does the poem's form contribute to its function? Also in respect to form, how do the mechanics of Whitman's poetry, particularly in respect to line length, differ from other poetry you may have read?