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Circular cycles on Whitman poetry. The American Naissance is considered not as a rebirth but a foundation of a new expression that was showed mainly through literature. This time comes to be the equivalent of Elizabethan Age in terms of the amount of intellectual work created (Ruland 125) but also as a cultural independence in which the concept of being American is portrayed in the literary production. This period starts with the work of Emerson, who captures the essence of transcendentalism in his essay Self Reliance. Among the most renowned names along this period like Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Thoreau and Dickinson; they tackle topics from their own perspective specially Whitman and Dickinson with death. Death for these authors does not seem to be something that frighten them but a needed step for rebirth, transcend and to get to eternity. Therefore, death can be seen as an entrance gate to a cyclical process in which nature, self-experience and also death itself are constantly interchanging.
Death
Death is a topic developed in the pieces of work of Dickinson as well as Whitman. For Whitman life and death are a continuum in which death is the boundary among current life and another one. This idea of cyclical life comes directly from the cycles of nature as for Whitman nature is one of the means by which mankind is able to know, to discover them and also to get to contact with divinity.

A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.
(Section 6 Song of myself)
There is a strong connection between living humans and living nature, as all come from nature, we will go back to it when dying to rebirth as a new life. The importance of nature comes from Emerson, as he points “Nature, in its ministry to man, is not only the material, but is also the...

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