Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
These, and all else, were to me the same as they are to you,
- The speaker seems to think we have seen the amazing panorama he just described. In a way, we have. We've seen it in our mind's eye from reading about it.
- Is Whitman saying that to hear or read about something is the same as experiencing it? What is he up to here? That's one of the big questions of the poem.
I project myself a moment to tell you—also I return.
- There he goes again, our time-traveling desperado, projecting himself into the future to warn us of a terrible, terrible fate for humanity! Or, actually, just to tell us about some boats.