Sum up the themes restated in number 52, the coda to Song of Myself.

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In 52, Whitman says, "I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable," echoing the idea from 51, that he contains "multitudes" and even "contradicts" himself. In the coda, Whitman revisits the idea that no one is a monolith; no one is uniform and consistent all the time. That is a good thing, part of our human condition. Whitman welcomes all of these potentially contradictory parts of himself, and he revels in them and their variety.

In 52, Whitman says, "I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love," echoing the idea that nothing dies, that "all goes onward and outward" from 6. In 6, he'd described grass as the "hair of graves," linking all life together, suggesting that the grass grows because and out of the bodies of those who were buried beneath it. Life and energy only change shape; they do not actually die. Now, he says that he bequeaths himself (to leave himself after his "death") to the earth so that he can grow into this same grass, connecting his life to that...

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