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I Sing the Body Electric Summary & Analysis
by Walt Whitman

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"I Sing the Body Electric" is a poem from the American writer Walt Whitman's magnum opus, Leaves of Grass. In this poem, a speaker sings the praises of the human body. The body, he says, is nothing less than a miracle: wonderful beyond description, it gives people their own distinct identity and connects them to every other person alive. To have a body, this speaker proclaims, is to be a part of a beautiful, ordered, and joyful universe. Whitman first published Leaves of Grass in 1855, and he would revise and revisit it many times before his death in 1892; the version of the poem this guide examines comes from the 1867 edition.

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