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Is the "stranger" in "To a Stranger" by Walt Whitman really a stranger? Explain.

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I think that the stranger is probably literally a stranger passing by; however, Whitman feels a connection to him or her, or at least wants to feel a connection to them.  The message of the poem is the potential friendship or connection that we could have with each human being we encounter.  We often seek companionship, affirmation, love, and closeness in others, but pass by so manyopportunities to have that relationship.  So...

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