Looking

from Walt Whitman – Song of Myself on Rap Genius

Meaning

Whitman draws an analogy between visual optics and the human experience of time as past, present, and future: just as we use our eyes to perceive what is in front of our face (in space), we also use our minds to anticipate or illumine events, thoughts, and feelings that we might experience. A common way that this anticipation is felt is expectation (like hope), but it can also be more severe, as is the case with some experiences of anxiety (fear).

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