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Section 30 Summary Page 1

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
  • Whitman returns to the idea that nature contains all truth. Now he talks about truth being "born" from things, having impregnated the world in the previous sections.
  • Truth must be shown, he says, not proven. Deep truths should be self-evident.
  • The "soggy clods" of damp earth will become "lovers and lamps," that is, people whose love shines within them.
  • He seems to be comparing people with plants that grow from the soil and spread their branches and leaves outward.
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