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Unformatted text preview: the speaker is not clear on this himself. He remembers tragic times from the smoke symbol, so this troubles his conscience. 1. The tree symbolizes Whitman because the appearance of the oak (rude, unbending, lusty) is similar to his. It does not symbolize him because it is able to prosper in solitude, while Whitman requires company to prosper. 2. It makes him think of this because the tree does not have the manly love Whitman possesses. The tree prospers and lives on its own, while Whitman finds this solitude impossible and must have friends to support him. 3. Whitman breaks off a twig to remind him of all of his friends. 4. I collect things in my travels. I keep them as symbols of my adventures and experiences whence they came from....
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