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Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself Section 7 Extrapalation

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Seven of "Song of Myself"Has anyone supposed it lucky to be born?I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.I pass death with the dying, and birth with the new-washed babe...and am not contained between my hat and boots,And peruse manifold objects, no two alike, and every one good,The earth good, and the stars good, and their adjuncts all good.I am not an earth nor an adjunct of an earth.I am the mate and companion of people, all just as immortal and fathomless as myself;They do not know how immortal, but I know.Every kind for itself and its own...for me mine male and female,For me all that have been boys and that love women,For me the man that is proud and feels ...view middle of the document...

He opens up the readers for the ideas of life and death. It is an odd way to introduce the thought of being born. How often is birth associated with luck?I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.Whitman allows the reader into his beliefs. He introduces the line with "I" professing his personal involvement in the subject. He hints that there is hope after death. There is a possibility in his writing of a life after death perhaps? This alludes to the existence of a soul. He hurries to let us know that death carries with it the same beauties as life. He affirms that this knowledge is his, and it should be known by all.I pass death with the dying, and birth with the new-washed babe...and am not contained between my hat and boots,Again he puts himself into the poetry. He begins the line with "I". He inhabits a world where he is among the living that pass away. He passes with them. Possibly there is a piece of his soul that leaves with them. Birth and new life is all that can replace what death takes with it. He says that he is not only what you see in front of you. He is not only possessions, looks, or a body. This passage also demonstrates that he believes in the idea of a soul possibly. It could simply insinuate that his mind is also to be taken into consideration. There could possibly be a suggestion that intellectual pursuits overcome worldly possessions.And peruse manifold objects, no two alike, and every one good,Whitman ends this line and the next with the word good. He examines various objects, realizing that they are satisfactory to him. This line gives the impression of a bible verse. It is reminiscent of God realizing that his work is good. This is why the line seems to refer to human beings, not merely inanimate objects. He sees a variety of races and backgrounds. Everyone is the equal, even in their differences. No single person is superior to another.The earth good, and the stars good, and their adjuncts all good.Whitman uses the earth and the stars to signify something tangible, yet mystifying. What would typify an adjunct of the earth or stars? Something that large could only refer to his subject...death.I am not an earth nor an adjunct of an earth.He claims that he is not as large as the earth or, on his subject, death. He takes on this massive role of an all knowing being, and then squashes it. An adjunct is also an appendage. Is Walt Whitman saying that he is not a part of the earth? Is he an even more colossal being than one that can be considered part of earth?I am the mate and companion of people, all just as immortal and fathomless as myself;He begins with "I" and finishes the line with "myself"; his personality encompasses this line. He first claims that all human beings are equal. Whitman then suggests that he is the cohort or friend of them all. He perpetuates the idea of death and life with the word immortal. The word immortal carries the meaning of undying and endless. Enduring is also a...

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