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Pioneers! O Pioneers!
Pioneers! O Pioneers!
by Walt Whitman

Pioneers! O Pioneers! Man and the Natural World Quotes Page 2

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Colorado men are we,
From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,
From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, (29-31)

Even with all the competition and battle imagery from earlier in the poem (all that conquering and felling), these lines imply that the natural world is extremely important. These men are defined by the geography where they live, by the peaks and plateaus. They are also defined by what they carve out of that geography: the mines and the trails.

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