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By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame
Transcript of By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame
By Walt Whitman
The narrator is a civil war soldier who is stationed in a small camp, ( a bivouac), and is thinking about his life and the situation he is in at the moment. He is also thinking about his life and how death can be right around the corner for him.
Other literary devices
"While wind in procession
, O tender and wondrous
"Like a phantom
far or near
an occasional figure moving," (Oxymoron).
shrubs and trees
, (as i lift my eyes they seem to be
stealthily watching me
There is no rhyme scheme, only blank verse.
"A procession around me,
solemn and sweet and slow
in procession thoughts,"
solemn and slow
procession as I sit on the ground,"
Life and death
By the bivouac's fitful flame,
A procession winding around me, solemn and sweet and slow--but
first I note,
The tents of the sleeping army, the fields' and woods' dim outline,
The darkness lit by spots of kindled fire, the silence,
Like a phantom far or near an occasional figure moving,
The shrubs and trees, (as I lift my eyes they seem to be stealthy
While wind in procession thoughts, O tender and wondrous
Of life and death, of home and the past and loved, and of those that
are far away;
A solemn and slow procession there as I sit on the ground,
By the bivouac's fitful flame.
"The darkness lit by spots of kindled fire,"