What are the major themes and ideas in Song of Myself 10 by Walt Whitman

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In Section 10 of Song of Myselfthere is the idea of acceptance of all that the poet observes in nature and those who live in accompaniment with him.

There is no moral judgment placed upon those whom the poet observes; for him, they are simply a part of the sprawling combination of nature and men. In this section, those that the poet observes live according to their rites and customs. For instance, there is the marriage of a trapper with a bride who is "a red girl": 

On a bank lounged the trapper, he was drest mostly in skins, his luxuriant beard and curls protected his neck, he held his bride by the hand....

Further, the poet calmly narrates that an escaped slave has come outside his house. When the poet hears him, he leads him inside and tends to his neck and leg where the iron has worn his skin. Then the poet...

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