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What are the implications of this line for the reader, "For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you"?

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The line "For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you" appears at the beginning of the famous poem "Song of Myself," an integral part of the collection Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. In this line, Whitman is talking about the universality of human experience. The narrator of the poem "Song of Myself" is not the individual person Walt Whitman, but rather a voice representing all of humanity. Whitman means that we are all interconnected and in a sense a part of each other in spirit.

Whitman brings this universality out in numerous other passages in the poem. For instance, in section 20 he writes: "In all people I see myself . . . and the good or bad I say of myself I say of them." In section 37 he presents himself as...

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