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Reconciling Disparate Items in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Lawn Walt Whitman starts this excerpt from Leaves of Lawn by explaining an evasive 'this': "This is normally the food happily established.... this is usually the meats and beverage for organic craving for food." These two clauses that are arranged following to one another describe 'this' simply because extremely different issues. "A food happily arranged," evokes a calm desk in a genteel home. In comparison, "the meats and beverage for organic food cravings," recalls a even more tough desk at which the meals will end up being consumed after intense activity. How can one thing - 'this' - have such opposing properties? The whole excerpt is usually described by the external contradictions such as this one. Whitman's poetic rhetoric, nevertheless, tries to make an inner unity from the contradictions. By unifying things that appear opposed Whitman emphasizes the likelihood for reconciliation between disparate objects diametrically. Whitman places two contrasting ideas next to one another at all known levels of the excerpt. The most prominent level at which he does this is in the images, as in the first line. L...