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In Walt Whitman's poem "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," who is the messenger?

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Walt Whitman's poem "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" is essentially a coming of age narrative about a boy. The boy grows from possessing the mentality and understanding of a boy to that of a man through his interactions with nature. Specifically, the boy becomes very fond and observant of a family of birds, watching the father go out every day in search of food while the mother keeps the eggs warms. Sadly, the boy even observes the mother bird leave the nest and not return, perhaps having been killed. Even more sadly, the boy observes the remaining male bird keep calling out to his lost mate, and the boy says he treasured every note and understood its meaning. It is due to this observation of loss the boy learns what it means to die, a revelation that makes him think more like a man rather than a boy, helping him mature.

It is towards the end of the poem that...

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