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In Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Whitman tries to understand the relationship between human beings across time Whitman tries to figure out what he means to the people he sees the crowds of strangers that inhabit Brooklyn In the poem he assumes we will see everything as he doesand share the same feelings as he had even in years to come This is the connection of the shared experience between us in the future and him in the present Walt Whitman tries to understand the importance of this shared experience in hopes it will transcend time and mortality to reach us in the future He thought it would invoke the same emotions feelings and questions this place invokes in him This makes us part of a whole connects us together both present and future He explains that the body where the self and world come together designates us as individuals but also helps us partakes in this shared experience I too had received identity by my body That I was I knew was of my body-and what I should be I knew I should be on my body Whitman 6 Whitmans main message to us is summarized in his question to us What is it then between us Whitman 5 The answer is time He believes this place is beautiful and speaks to us like we will see it the same as he did someday Later in the poem his true thoughts of the future are revealed He knows that in years to come is will not be the same just as it wasnt years before him this is his way of asking us people of the future not to let his beloved Brooklyn change He knows with time comes change People get
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