“I speak the pass-word primeval, I give the sign of democracy,
By God! I will Accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart
This is Whitman’s expression of the idea of democracy taken from “Song
In his poem “To a Common Prostitute” Whitman wrote: “Not till The sun
excludes you do I exclude you.” He has accepted the women as a prostitute, but
this also conveys Whitman’s ideas of democracy. The notion that all people
democracy in this poem, as it should shine upon all equally.
When Whitman discusses the “shunn’d persons” in “Native Moments” he once
again mimics the concepts of democracy with his words. He lets all know that he
embraces the people that others have rejected, as democracy should embrace all.
These people are part of America also, and should be accepted as such. as
democracy should embrace all.
Whitman commends the many people of America in “I Hear America Singing.”
they are allowed to sing of what is theirs.
In these poems Whitman has described those held in the lowest esteem.
for all these people, liberating them. He has taken them out from the ranks
that society had put them in, and brought them together, glorifying them and
America in the light of democracy.