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"I Sit and Look Out" is a poem about Walt Whitman regarding the cruelty of human nature and the sins of people. The entire poem has a negative tone, and there are no positive images to be found in any line. The speaker, while observing it all merely "sees," "hears," "marks" and "observes" each atrocity. At the end, he says that he sees "all the meanness and agony without end" and does nothing. The speaker is silent despite all the horrible things in the world. Walt Whitman here conveys the message that one of the most extreme sins is to be a silent onlooker while others are suffering.
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