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In the poem of Walt Whitman, [I celebrate myself, and sing myself], what do the last four lines mean? Thank you very much for your answer.

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Part 1 of Whitman's "Song of Myself" ("I celebrate myself, and I sing myself") is divided into four irregular stanzas, and concludes with a four-line stanza which, effectively, summarizes the whole. This section of Whitman's longer poem is about unity between people, animals, "summer grass" and everything on earth which shares the same atoms—which is to say, everything that is alive.

Rendered into straightforward prose, then, the last four lines of the section mean: Structured systems of thought and schools are in a state of suspension. Thinking back, I recognize I have not forgotten the lessons I learned in school, but they did not capture any more than they had to. Now, I am a safe harbor in what I...

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