Through me the afflatus surging and surging, through me the
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This afflatus is a divine wind or spirit, and it flows through Whitman, out in the form of songs and poetry.
This imagery is Biblical.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
In Hebrew, there is only one word, רוּחַ (rûaħ), for wind, breath, and spirit. The English word “spirit” also comes from the Latin in a similar etymology that shares a meaning with wind/breath.
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