The Question and Answer section for Walt Whitman: Poems is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
In my opinion, the universal note touched on by Whitman in this poem speaks to commonalities and shared experiences that connect strangers. In context, the ferry preceded the bridge, the pedestrian and wagon preceded the automobile, and yet, the...
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In my opinion, the poet's addition of himself provides the reader with a way of likening the poem to their own experiences, it gives us a personal reference. Whitman is asking a question.... which he answers as well.