Walt Whitman was a man that wrote from the deepest thoughts from within him. Whitman wrote from many states of mind. His writings connect a lot with the present life and the after-life, the soul. Sometimes he even wrote from his imagination and his fantasies. Whether he was writing about the people around him or just his life, he was writing about the nature of life.
From the excerpts that we have read from Leaves of Grass, I feel that Whitman is a very deep writer. I noticed that he wrote a lot about life, whether he was talking about his own or not. His writings go beyond what we can see, touch, and smell. His writing is about the deep understanding of how his life was. Whether his life was happy or sad, his way of writing seem to take him from reality to another world at the moment in time.
It is not a fictional world that he enters; it is a world with another life.
When Whitman wrote, ""ÃÂ¦nothing can happen more beautiful than death"ÃÂ¦"Ã¯Â¿Â½ he was not sending a message about going out to kill yourself. If you look at it from his perspective, he was talking about the life that you have after death. Just because you die physically and your body no longer remains, it doesn't mean you don't live on. Your soul and spirit still lingers. Your soul goes and does things you never got a chance to do in your present life. This is exactly what Whitman wanted with his life. He was unhappy at the time and all he could think of was escaping the world of reality and being able to live carefree of worries. In his after-life was where he knew he could experience the different things...