Whitman begins with a discussion of nature that is detailed and very personal to Whitman himself. This is evidenced in lines twenty and twenty one. It is obvious that he values nature very highly and longs to be close to it. This kind of writing is very characteristic of the Romantic age of literature. I really admire lines 40-43 when Whitman is valuing the present for what it is. I think that is a very positive, healthy way to live as long as it is not taken to the extreme. I don't think we as Americans live that way for the most part. I think we are constantly looking to the future, making money for the future, trying to provide for the future, etc. that sometimes we forget to look at what is right in front of us.
Similar to Emerson, I think Whitman sees everything as being inherently good. I see this in lines 134-135. While I do not personally agree with this view, it is obvious that it was a popular view during the 1800s. Lines 189-198 reminded me of The Sot Weed Factor but in an opposite view. The speaker of the poem was nice to the runaway and allowed him up to his level for a couple of weeks which was unheard of during his time. The speaker here is putting his money where his mouth is so to speak. Because he believes that he exists a little in everything and everyone, he should be able to be kind equally to everything and everyone. This idea is further supported in line 307 when the speaker is talking about the prostitute that everyone either looks down upon or makes fun of. The speaker sees beyond that and sees her as a person-who she truly is.
During section six, was Whitman discussing the grass as the nature that it was? Or was that supposed to be a symbol for something else? A bigger idea perhaps? Also, in lines 214-216 is Whitman referring to the mob mentality that was illustrated in Emerson's writing?