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Song of Myself

Song of Myself

by Walt Whitman

Section 13 Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

  • Whitman describes a "negro" who drives a cart with four horses. Like the butcher and the blacksmith from Section 12, the cart-driver does his job well, and Whitman admires his large, strong frame. The cart-driver has complete control over the horse.
  • He says how he likes to "caress" life with his gaze and, perhaps, his words.
  • He sees more meaning in the eyes of an ox than in all the books he has ever read.
  • Again he claims that studying nature is more important than studying books or philosophy.

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