What is the meaning of section 52 in Song of Myself by Whitman?
In this final section of this amazing poem, the speaker sees a hawk, and his response is to feel immensely humbled as he sees elements of himself in the hawk. In particular, the comparison between himself and the hawk is based on the elemental power within it and the fact that his voice is "untranslatable" and described as a "barbaric yawp." Both are not tamed. The day itself waits for the speaker to move ahead and takes him into darkness. The ending of the day is a very symbolic time as it can be reminiscent of death and dying. We now recognise that the speaker's hair has turned white, and he...
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