How does Whitman use or describe death in "Song of Myself"? I am writing a paper on Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Dickinson's "Because I Could not Stop for Death," and I would like information on the differences in how they each portray death.

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In part 6 of "Song of Myself ," Whitman portrays death as just another step on the journey of our lives; it is a continuation rather than an end. He asks what we think has become of the people who have gone before us, the young and the old. He declares that "They are alive and well somewhere, / The smallest sprout shows there is really no death." He has already described the grass that grows atop the graves of the dead, the grass that grows from mother's laps and their departed children and old men's heads; their mortal bodies are transformed, it seems, into new kinds of life, and so life goes on even after death. Whitman claims that "All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, / And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier." In other words, life continues and goes on in ways that we do not, and perhaps cannot, expect, and nothing ever truly disappears. We may not be able to put our fingers on exactly what death is, but it is not an end, and it is described as...

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