The face of an amour . . . . the face of veneration,
The face as of a dream . . . . the face of an immobile rock,
The face withdrawn of its good and bad
Oh vey, here goes. Considering the density and overwhelming detail in “Song of Myself,” the following lines above were a favorite because the diction in referring to the importance of the face holds truth. Its an external body that holds a glimpse into our lives, facial expressions and movements give brief access into who we are internally.
Its our shield, protecting us from danger, hurt, pain, etc. I found it intriguing when Whitman explains the importance of being fully invested in life in order to enjoy the beauty of it but have the ability to step back and carry your own disposition, in a sense a “poker face.”
In addition, I believe that is an invisible connection that we all have in common, the importance of the face. Despite the fact, all individuals carry different stories, experiences and ways of externally disclosing their personal disposition, the face is the gatekeeper to giving the world a glimpse of who we are and attracting-slash-un-attracting strangers to us. I found its interesting that Whitman said “the face withdrawn of its good and bad,” that the face is stuck in neutral and that its a blank canvas waiting to be discovered or learned about. Overall, I think Whitman is encouraging individuals to become in tune with oneself, ones soul and appreciate the cycle of life.