Urge and urge and urge,
Always the procreant urge of the world.
Out of the dimness opposite equals advance, always
Substance and increase, always sex,
Always a knit of identity, always distinction, always a breed
Of life.

from Walt Whitman – Song of Myself on Rap Genius

Meaning

In many ways, Walt Whitman foreshadows Sigmund Freud, who made popular that everything we do as humans is directed by a death drive and a sex drive.

The importance of libido, this “procreant urge,” is highlighted here as the ultimate first cause, what makes us tick. Freud defined it as “the energy, regarded as a quantitative magnitude […] of those instincts which have to do with all that may be comprised under the word ‘love’.”

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