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For many human beings, death is feared greatly.Maybe it is the mystery surrounding it, maybe it is mystery of what happens after it, or maybe it's the fear that one can no longer be with his or her loved ones.Whatever the case may be, it is a known fact that death can often lead to mourning, anger, and loneliness.In the poems "To Think of Time" and "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman, however, Whitman presents a different perspective of death, in which he shows the positive aspects of death.In fact, Whitman presents the goodness and "luck" of death in his explanation of the eternal soul.While Whitman's view of death may have differed from society, his own view remained the same, in both "To Think of Time," and in the section of "Song of Myself" known as "The Sermon" (Chants 42-50).Here, Whitman presents a lecture of sorts, in which he guides human beings through the many aspects of their lives.Most important in this, though, is Whitman's perspective that human being should be accepting of death.In doing so, Whitman actually ends up describing a four-step process for all humans to accept death.
Thefirst step Whitman describes to achieve this is acknowledging that there is a more important life waiting for us to embark upon after death.In "Song of Myself," Whitman says, "We have thus far exhausted trillions of winters and summers; There are trillions ahead, and trillions ahead of them" ("Myself," ll.138-139).By saying this, Whitman is referring to the unimportance of his own and everyone else's own time on Earth, because it is a trivial amount of time when compared to the whole timeline of the planet.Therefore, Whitman soon says how humans must recognize that there is a greater purpose, which will not be embarked upon until after death.He says, "Have you feared the future would be nothing to y…


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