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Section 39 Summary Page 1

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
  • Whitman praises Native Americans in this section.
  • He calls them "savages" (eek!), but he means it in a positive way, believe it or not.
  • He thinks the Native Americans have more freedom, and everyone wants to be around them.
  • Still, it's a little uncomfortable when he calls them "lawless," simple," and "naïve." He's indulging a bit in the myth of the Noble Savage.
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