Inspirational Passage of the Day
Whitman in a way compares grass as a human society. He mentions that grass is “a uniform hieroglyphic” (13) and they “alike” (14). In scientific terms, all humans are similar to each other and the only aspect that makes each person different is their personality and race. But even if people are racially different from each other physically, every person is the same internally as Whitman puts it: “Growing among black folks as among white, “Knuck, Tuckahoe, Congressman, Cuff, I give them the / same, I receive then the same” (15-17). The “same” can also be interpreted in a different way such as referring to the fact that every person regardless of their race, job, or status will go through life (give) and die in the future (receive).
Another example of Whitman's comparison of grass to humans is when he says, “It may be you transpire from the breasts of young men, / It may be you are from old people, or from offspring taken,” (20, 21). Grasses all start out as a seed and will not grow unless its owner takes care of it. This can refer to humans as well since babies cannot take care of themselves and must rely on adults to grow and develop. This cycle of life is repeated for generations to come as seen in lines 23 and 24 where Whitman compares the growth of grass to that of a human child, “soon out of their mother's laps, / And here you are the mothers' laps”. As children once grew up with parents, in the near future, they themselves will become parents as well.
In the middle of the poem, Whitman stops celebrating the joy of procreation and focuses more about the philosophy of death. Death is part of every day life and feared by many people. Whitman tells the child to not fear death because he says, “there really is no death” (38). He considers the grass that grows among the graves in the cemetery to be the “beautiful uncut hair of graves” (18). Even among death, Whitman considers life beautiful. He tells the child that even after a person “ceased” (41) to live, they still continue to live after death. What became of the old women and men is something a child should not think about. Each person have their own thought but Whitman says that we should all focus on one thing:
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