Song of Myself
Section 35 Summary
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- Having just described a bitter defeat, Whitman now relates a victory at sea against the British, perhaps from the War of 1812.
- Whitman talks as if he were on the boat, even though he was never in the Navy. He's just playing another character, putting himself in another's shoes.
- The ship starts taking on water, and the British captain asks if the Americans want to surrender.
- The American captain's response is, essentially, heck no! Somehow the bravery of the captain inspires his men to victory. By midnight the British have surrendered under the moon.
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