Unformatted text preview: of his physical sensations. He can enjoy each of the five senses—tasting, hearing, smelling, touching, and seeing-and even more—the 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 everyone’s bodies. “Not an inch . .. is vile, and none shall be less familiar than the rest.” Section 5 is the poet’s 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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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course ECON 412 taught by Professor Jiggly during the Spring '11 term at Jefferson College.
- Spring '11