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Section 7 Summary Page 1

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
  • But we're not quite done with the subject of death. Now Whitman claims that he knows (as in, knows from first hand experience) that death must be just as "lucky" as birth.
  • He has seen both birth and death and knows that people are not fully "contained" by their bodies.
  • The poet's personality seems to be getting larger before our very eyes. He acts like a guide and companion for all kinds of people.
  • He says that no one should be afraid of the "merge" with death and tells a naked person that he will not judge him.
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