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Palomo1 The ability to pinpoint the birth or beginning of the poet lifestyle is rare It is rare for the observer as it is for the writer The Walt Whitman poem Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking is looked at by most as just that It is a documentation of sorts of his own paradigm shift The realities of the world have therein matured his conceptual frameworks In line 147 we read Now in a moment I know what I am for I awake Baym 1041 This awakening is at the same time a death The naivet of the speaker I will assume Whitman is destroyed Through his summer long observation the truths of life are born or at least reinforced in him The obvious elements are birth and death which are both caused by another instance of the latter death of the she-bird Natures role is ever-present Not only in the sense of it giving a constant livable environment but also almost deified in the personification of its will and actions The birth of vision in the speaker is due not only to the observation of death as that is just a single occurrence but to the observation of the role of nature in all of its mysterious cycles Nature is not the sole source of dramatic symbolism in the piece The actions of the characters themselves reflect the pieces definite goals Though these characters set the scene and take center stage at different points it must be remembered that what occurs is removed from the reader by two filters The first is the filter of interpretation by the boy who is witnessing the events it is then filtered through the memory of the boy become both man and poet The boy has thus created a profound story of want and injustice through translation of natural occurrence sounds and sea and the man-poet has created a
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