In Section 9 of "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman, what does he take pleasure in?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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While Whitman never says that he takes pleasure in anything in particular; he gives us a very pleasurable scene and his action in it from which to infer his pleasure.  He has taken pleasure in using his body for hard work.  He enjoys the play of the light on the muted colors.  He has enjoyed the bounciness of the ride to the barn.  He also enjoys jumping off into wagon and seizing "the clover and timothy" (165), both of which have sweet smells.  Can you imagine how much fun it is to roll around in these?  This is an intensely physical experience.  Whitman is glorying in the pleasure of hard work and play.

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