Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

Beat! Beat! Drums!



BEAT! beat! drums!--Blow! bugles! blow!
Through the windows--through doors--burst like a ruthless force,
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  • Robert Howard (11/2/2006 9:47:00 AM)

    One of Whitman's greatest masterpieces! It places the collective madness of war into the context of the lives that are ploughed into them.

    There are many musical settings of this text but the one by Ralph Vaughan Williams stands out in my mind for capturing the soul of this monument. (Report) Reply

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