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By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame

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Transcript of By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame

By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame
By Walt Whitman
Explanation
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
thoughts
, O tender and wondrous
thoughts
," (Repetition).
"Like a phantom
far or near
an occasional figure moving," (Oxymoron).
"The
shrubs and trees
, (as i lift my eyes they seem to be
stealthily watching me
,)" (Personification).
Rhyme scheme
There is no rhyme scheme, only blank verse.
Alliteration
"A procession around me,
solemn and sweet and slow
"
"
While wind
in procession thoughts,"
"A
solemn and slow
procession as I sit on the ground,"
Theme
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
watching me,)
While wind in procession thoughts, O tender and wondrous
thoughts,
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.
Imagery
"The darkness lit by spots of kindled fire,"
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