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I was reading "Song of the Open Road" by Walt Whitman and I completely did not understand the poem. Can someone explain it to me with lots of details?

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Much of understanding this poem is understanding to things: 1) The title and 2) Walt Whitman.

Lets talk Walt Whitman first.  He was a true Romantic in the sense that as a writer he championed all the ideals of the Romantic era of writing.  He glorified nature and the human spirit.  He championed democracy and "seeking" soul.  He believed in the beauty and the power of the human spirit.

Now look at the title.  "Song of the Open Road" is a poem that glorifies the idea of going out on the open road in search of those things that I mentioned in the previous paragraph.  Whitman suggests that we are all:

He asks his readers to come along:

Allons! whoever you are, come travel with me!

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Traveling with me, you find what never tires.

On traveling the open road, Whitman says that there is much beauty, peace, and wisdom to be found.  He does not suggest that it is an easy road - indeed he calls it a "struggle" - but he does say that it is a "sufficient" for all humans need.

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