Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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Assurances

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I NEED no assurances--I am a man who is preoccupied, of his own Soul;
I do not doubt that from under the feet, and beside the hands and
face I am cognizant of, are now looking faces I am not
cognizant of--calm and actual faces;
I do not doubt but the majesty and beauty of the world are latent in
any iota of the world;
I do not doubt I am limitless, and that the universes are limitless--
in vain I try to think how limitless;
I do not doubt that the orbs, and the systems of orbs, play their
swift sports through the air on purpose--and that I shall one
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Susan Williams 29 February 2016
Whitman had a boundless interest in the self- especially his self but to be fair it was an interest in all the selves in the world. Most of his poetry use the first person- using the pronoun I- - but that doesn't mean he is only speaking of himself. He believes his self- your self- -my self- - contain everything and everyone. He wants to bring down the boundaries between us and our selves and the boundaries between us and nature. Why not when you believe each person can carry the entire world within him.
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