I Sing the Body Electric (Whitman)
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Its original publication, like the other poems in Leaves of Grass, did not have a title. In fact, the line "I sing the body electric" was not added until the 1867 edition. At the time, "electric" was not yet a commonly used term.
In popular culture
- In 1969, author Ray Bradbury published I Sing the Body Electric, a science fiction anthology named after the poem and including a short story by the same title. The short story was based on a 1962 Twilight Zone episode that Bradbury had also written.
- "I Sing the Body Electric" is the title and first line of a song from the 1980 musical film Fame.
- "I Sing the Body Electric" is the title of a 1972 Columbia Records album by the jazz fusion group Weather Report.
- The 2012 song, "Body Electric", from the third EP, Paradise, of Lana Del Rey, alludes to Whitman in the lyric, "Whitman is my daddy." "I sing the body electric" is the song's chorus.
- "I Sing the Body Electric, Especially When my Power's Out" is a poem by American poet Andrea Gibson (from the album 'Flower Boy')
- Loving, Jerome. Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself. University of California Press, 1999. ISBN 0-520-22687-9. p. 202
- "Lana Del Rey hates personal critics". STV. STV Group plc. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
- Moore, Alex. "Here’s Lana Del Rey’s new Walt Whitman-referencing track, ‘The Body Electric’". Death and Taxes. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
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