Study Guide

Song of Myself Section 30

By Walt Whitman

Section 30

  • 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.