Will come next
The word future derives from the Old French futur, itself from Latin futurus, which means “going to be, yet to be.” Whitman includes the term “will” when talking here about the future, suggesting that there is a human capacity to manipulate what is “going to be” by using the powers of will. Schopenhauer (below) wrote on the philosophy of the will in the early 1800s, and Song of Myself was written in the middle the same century, so it’s no surprising that the author grapple with the human ability to affect the future. Nietzsche would go on to write about the will in the later half of the century as well.
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