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A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim
Transcript of A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim
As form my tent i emerge so early sleepless,
As slow I walk in the cool fresh air the path near by the hospital tent,
There forms I see on stretchers lying, brought out there untended lying,
Over each the blanket, folding, covering all.
Curious I halt and silent stand,
Then with light fingers I from the face of the nearest the first
just lift the blanket;
Who are you elderly man so gaunt and grim, with well-gray'd hair,
and flesh all sunken about the eyes?
Who are you my dear comrade?
Then to the second I step -- and who are you my child and darling
Who are you sweet boy with cheeks blooming?
Then to the third -- a face not child nor old, very calm, as of
beautiful yellow-white ivory;
Young man I think I know you -- I think this face is the face of the
Dead and divine and brother of all, and here again he lies Literary Devices Allusion:
In the text Walt Whitman alludes to the death of Christ in the stanza
" dead and divine, and brother to all, and here he lies again Simile:
In the 13th and 14th stanza he compares
the face of the dead me to "beautiful yellow-white ivory Metaphor:
In the 12 stanza towards
the end he says "cheeks
are yet blooming" when talking
about the young deceased boy
he compares them to a flower
Human cheeks cant literately bloom
while a flower can Mood:
There is a mood of curiosity in the poem During the poem when he first walks past the bodies he begins to have this curiosity of what each one of the bodies looks, like and who they are. Poem Meaning A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Drim contains a theme of both patriotism and spiritualism. As Whitman describes uncovering each body, he finds a young man, an old man, and the body of Christ. The image of Christ dead shows imagery of how Christ gave his life for the human race. Since Whitman was a Unionist, Whitman often showed a sacrifice for his country in his writing. Most people during the Civil War in America were Christians so this poem both described some hardships for the people in the hospitals, and put a spiritual tone into it so that t would stick in the people minds in the day.