‘Gods’ is the poem which expounds Whitman’s concept of the Ideal Man as one who is ‘complete in body and dilate in spirit’. To such a man death is only a passage into eternity. The narrator sees God as a divine lover and a perfect comrade; Though He is invisible, He waits contently and the narrator feels certain that this divine being is really his God. For anyone to become the ‘Ideal Man’, he should be fair, able, beautiful, content and loving. He should be complete in body and dilate in spirit; whose spirit is adaptable enough to embrace all shades of experience; Then God can be his God. Death will come only when life has served its turn. Life and death are the openers and ushers to the heavenly mansion. This is the narrator’s belief that God would be his God.
The aught of the mightiest would be best if the narrator sees it, conceives or know. The sole immediate purpose is to break the stagnant ties and free his soul, which will only be possible if God would be his God. The great noble ideas, the aspirations of all the racial communities of the world, all kinds of heroism and all the deeds of rapt enthusiasts would come to past if only God become his God. The race against time and space, the divine and wondrous knowledge of the shape of the earth and everything on it, the different manner of worship of mankind, and the wisdom of the lustrous orbit of the sun by day or the star by night are all anticipated because God became his God.