Leaves of Grass Whispers of Heavenly Death and Songs of Parting: Summary and Analysis

Walt Whitman

Whispers of Heavenly Death and Songs of Parting: Summary and Analysis

Whispers of Heavenly Death - Summary
The poet begins the final clusters of Leaves of Grass with a series of reflective poems about death and dying. In this first poem, images of “unseen rivers,” “currents flowing,” and enormous clouds “swelling and mixing” remind the poet that death is a common, and inevitable, human experience. And while the end of life may be a sad event, there is nothing to fear. The clouds and the sky are “mystical,” peaceful images that suggest the ubiquitous presence of death. When one gazes heavenward, one can be assured that “Some soul is passing over.”

A Noiseless Patient Spider - Summary
In this brief poem, Whitman observes a spider spinning...

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