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Drum-Taps

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Drum Taps is the next collection of poems published by Walt Whitman after his famous Leaves of Grass. This collection is a direct response to Whitman's personal observations of the Civil War, many of which come from his volunteer efforts in wartime hospitals. Despite the miseries of war described, Whitman's poems in Drum Taps assert a steady patriotism in favor of Lincoln's war effort. Interestingly, the 1915 edition used for this reading includes an introduction from the Times Literary Supplement which draws analogies between the Civil War and the current throes of World War I, enlisting Whitman posthumously as a supporter of the Allied campaign against Germany.

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DRUM TAPS

BY WALT WHITMAN

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

FIRST O SONGS FOR A PRELUDE

EIGHTEEN SIXTY ONE

BEAT! BEAT! DRUMS!

FROM PAUMANOK STARTING I FLY LIKE A BIRD

SONG OF THE BANNER AT DAYBREAK

RISE O DAYS FROM YOUR FATHOMLESS DEEPS

VIRGINIA THE WEST

CITY OF SHIPS

THE CENTENARIAN'S STORY

CAVALRY CROSSING A FORD

BIVOUAC ON A MOUNTAIN SIDE

AN ARMY CORPS ON THE MARCH

BY THE BIVOUAC'S FITFUL FLAME

COME UP FROM THE FIELDS FATHER

VIGIL STRANGE I KEPT ON THE FIELD ONE NIGHT

A MARCH IN THE RANKS HARD PREST, AND THE ROAD UNKNOWN

A SIGHT IN CAMP IN THE DAYBREAK GRAY AND DIM

AS TOILSOME I WANDER'D VIRGINIA'S WOODS

NOT THE PILOT

YEAR THAT TREMBLED AND REEL'D BENEATH ME

THE WOUND DRESSER

LONG, TOO LONG AMERICA

GIVE ME THE SPLENDID SILENT SUN

DIRGE FOR TWO VETERANS

OVER THE CARNAGE ROSE PROPHETIC A VOICE

I SAW OLD GENERAL AT BAY

THE ARTILLERYMAN'S VISION

ETHIOPIA SALUTING THE COLOURS

NOT YOUTH PERTAINS TO ME

RACE OF VETERANS

WORLD TAKE GOOD NOTICE

O TAN FACED PRAIRIE BOY

LOOK DOWN FAIR MOON

RECONCILIATION

HOW SOLEMN AS ONE BY ONE

AS I LAY WITH MY HEAD IN YOUR LAP CAMERADO

DELICATE CLUSTER

TO A CERTAIN CIVILIAN

LO, VICTRESS ON THE PEAKS

SPIRIT WHOSE WORK IS DONE

ADIEU TO A SOLDIER

TURN O LIBERTAD

TO THE LEAVEN'D SOIL THEY TROD

NOTE

The Introduction is reprinted, by permission, from The Times Literary Supplement of April 1, 1915... Continue reading book >>


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