Children of Adam: Summary and Analysis
To the Garden the World - Summary
In many ways, the few lines of this first poem belonging to Children of Adam establish the many themes Whitman writes about throughout the whole of the cluster: the paradise of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the meaningfulness of procreation, an admiration for the human body—male and female, and a celebration of physical love between men and women.
The opening line, “To the garden the world anew ascending,” immediately presents Whitman’s vision of rebirth. This is a return to the Garden of Eden to experience “anew” all its passionate innocence and abundant splendor, as well as its revelry in the paradise of self fulfilling physical love between men and...
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