"Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking"

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Context: The poet begins a reminiscence of a childhood experience that changed him into a poet. Wandering from his bed, the child goes to the seashore near his Long Island home. He hears the song of a male mockingbird lamenting the loss of his mate. In an ecstasy the child's soul says "Now in a moment I know what I am for–I awake." He will be a poet, continuing the bird's song of unsatisfied love. The sea "the savage old mother" has all this time suggested in an undertone another theme for his poetry. After whispering all night, she speaks plainly before daybreak "the low and delicious word DEATH."

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Out of the cradle endlessly rocking,Out of the mocking bird's throat, the musical shuttle,. . .From the myriad thence arous'd words,From the word stronger and more delicious than any,. . .I, chanter of pains and joys, uniter of here and hereafter,Taking all hints to use them–but swiftly leaping beyond them,A reminiscence sing.

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