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Notes on its themes, n.d.

A thoughtful reader of German birth and education but long in the U.S. has said that some of the main features and themes of Leaves of Grass may be designated as Individuality Inevitable Law Democracy Physical health Comradeship the Indissoluble Union Good Will to other lands Modernness Respect to the Past Open air Nature Grandeur of Labor The old Perfect State Equality With Modernness like a canopy over all, and a resumption of the old Greek ideas of nudity and the divinity of the body with the Hebrew sacredness of paternity. The War The South The Sea, Poems of Death The Night are also frequently recurring themes.

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