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"I see, hear, and am silent"-Why is Walt Whitman, the poet in "I Sit and Look Out", silent as an observer?

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In the poem, Whitman describes various people suffering horrible misery in different forms. However, as he describes them, he doesn't judge, get involved, make commentary, or pass some sort of overall moral or lesson to be learned.  This is what he means when he says he is "silent".  He simply opens a window for everyone to see what he sees, and lets the reader make their own interpretations...

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