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Unformatted text preview: of his physical sensations. He can enjoy each of the five sensestasting, hearing, smelling, touching, and seeing-and even morethe process of breathing, the beating of his heart, and the feeling of health. He invites the reader to stop this day and night with him in order to discover the origin of all poems. In the third and fourth sections, Whitman scolds the talkers, trippers, and askers for wasting their time discussing the beginning and the end. He prepares himself for the union of his body with his soul: I witness and wait. As his soul is clear and sweet, so are all the other parts of his body -and everyones bodies. Not an inch . .. is vile, and none shall be less familiar than the rest. Section 5 is the poets ecstatic revelation of union with his soul. He has a feeling of fraternity and oneness with God and his fellowmen and a vision of love. This union brings him peace and joy....
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