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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Whitman has this wonderful, lusty, even erotic way of writing in order to free the sacred experience from the dust-caked shelves of religious propriety.
But, make no mistake, he is not simply using flowery words to describe an afternoon daliance when he writes --
"And parted the shirt from my bosom bone, and plunged your tongue to my bare-stripped heart"
This is the way of the experience. The heart is naked, unhidden, and it is...touched. Then, all at once, you are overwhelmed with the sense that everything is whole, connected, one, and at peace.
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