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By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame

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Daniel Calvert

on 21 March 2014

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Transcript of By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame

By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame
Daniel Calvert
The poem is about Whitman during his time in the Army. The poem also describes him sitting near a fire. The others were sleeping in tents. As he sits there, Whitman thinks the bushes are watching him.
"Like a phantom far or near an occasional figure moving"
-Whitman sees someone in the distance moving close or away from him.
"The darkness lit by spots of kindled fire, the silence,"
-The dark areas near the fire are lit. Whitman must be the only one outside, while everyone else is sleeping.
Figurative Language
In this poem, Whitman doesn't use personification or metaphors. But he does include a Simile when he says "but first I note."
Mood:The poem describes Whitman as nervous because he thinks he's being watched by the shrubs and trees.

Tone:The tone in the poem is described as quiet and calm.
Fitful Flame
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