You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.
Whitman, like other writers of this time, was interested in distinguishing American identity from that of Europe. As a national poet, he calls for his readers/listeners to break with such traditions and experience the world anew and first-hand.
(In many ways, Rap Genius powerfully allows readers to do this, as they become more active readers, themselves writing on the wall of history!)
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