Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Song of Myself lines

- All goes onward and outward....and nothing collapses,
  And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier.

-These lines immediately caught my attention mainly because there is such simplicity paralleled with life and death, which are the broadest of concepts.  Although he is referring to death here and in the lines that precede these lines, it is with a positive and almost pleasurable tone, making death seem like such an easy feat to accept.  He states that "nothing collapses," which suggests the reincarnate quality of Earth and life and by describing it as only "onward and outward" there seems to be no room for negative connotation with regards to nature and way of things.  He then goes on to say that not only is death not what one generally expects but it is in fact "luckier," as if it is not something to be feared but something to be revered and possibly even anticipated.  He compares the luck of birth with the equal luck of death, which places weight evenly along the entire flow of life and evenly amongst all of us.  I like this because of the unity it creates not only among people but among all nature and life for all time.

1 comment:

  1. How funny we practically addressed the same contexts and ideas. And I wholly agree with your interpretation, especially the idea of reincarnation and unity. You touch upon my favorite themes in the poem and you also bring light to how prophetical he can be. How in touch with his spiritual identity he is, which makes him quite the compelling poet.
    Excellent analysis.