Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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I Sing The Body Electric

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I SING the Body electric;
The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them;
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the
Soul.

Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal
themselves;
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile the
dead?
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David L. Hatton 12 December 2013
If Whitman wasn't a Christian, at least his poetic praise of human nature as an amalgamation of body and soul is closer to biblical theology than the heretical dualism separating them in most religious thinking. Although he didn't write of their reintegration after death by resurrection, his poem's bold body language inspired my own in I Sing the Body Immortal, where I embrace this future hope of a personal and literal resurrection that eternally defines us as physically embodied spiritual beings.
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