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In "Pioneers!  O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman, who will take up "the task eternal?"

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I think that "the task eternal" is the development of the United States.  The stanza where the phrase appears open with "Have the elder races halted?"  Such a question brings to light that Whitman believes the future of the United States is similar to the advancement of the Pioneers, one where democratic vistas are...

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