What is the universal theme for "I Hear America Singing?"

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The universal theme of Walt Whitman's poem "I Hear America Singing," is that all Americans from every walk of life contribute to making up the fabric of America. In other words, America is the sum of its people, each contributing his own individual talents and personalities to make the nation what it is.

Walt Whitman published this poem in the 1867 edition of "Leave of Grass." In it, he depicts various middle- and working-class people doing their job every day and living their lives every night. Because Whitman was interested in music and in voice, he used the analogy of each individual

"singing" his song, making his contribution, to add to the other voices also "singing" their songs. Each voice is unique and different from the rest, but together they make a beautiful harmony of voices forming the nation of America. The carpenter, the mason, the boatman and other laborers do their jobs every day, helping build the nation. Each has a different job and a different talent, but all are critical to the whole picture. Each person has a voice in America, and no one voice is more or less important than the others. Together America sings a song of unity.

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