|I celebrate myself; / And what I assume you shall assume; / For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you.|
|—Leaves of Grass|
Title: Walt Whitman
Author: Whitman, Walt
Leaves of Grass. 1900.
In 1855 Whitman published Leaves of Grass (later known as Song of Myself) in which the author proclaims himself the symbolic representative of common people. Prose Works. 1892.
The Good Gray Poet also contributed to the greatest prose of American letters with his war diaries, Prefaces and Democratic Vistas. Preface to Leaves of Grass
From the Harvard Classics, Vol. XXXIX. Bartlett’s Whitman Quotations
Epitomal selections by John Bartlett.