Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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A Boston Ballad, 1854

Rating: 2.9

TO get betimes in Boston town, I rose this morning early;
Here's a good place at the corner--I must stand and see the show.

Clear the way there, Jonathan!
Way for the President's marshal! Way for the government cannon!
Way for the Federal foot and dragoons--and the apparitions copiously
tumbling.

I love to look on the stars and stripes--I hope the fifes will play
Yankee Doodle.
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Adeeb Alfateh 27 June 2019
A fog follows- antiques of the same come limping, Some appear wooden-legged, and some appear bandaged and bloodless in the FOG some appear some disappear but thy heart above near great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Bernard F. Asuncion 27 June 2019
One of the best poems by Walt Whitman..........
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* Sunprincess * 07 February 2016
............a most interesting Ballad with great dialogue of the time period ?
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Shania K. Younce 10 May 2014
This is a different sort of poem. Bien!
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Kevin Howard 24 April 2005
As I read Whitman here, I believe his gives us a poet's lament...what a mess we have become. A patriotic celebration, grand enough for the dead heroes of past to return. yet these heroes are not happy. Their protest is mighty. And so Whitman brushes them away. Nothing is to spoil this patriotic, Boston celebration. But then the poet gives away his real intent...the real rye twist of his interest. This celebration would only be complete by making ol' King George the centerpiece; To give the King his revenge. How? By observing what we have become. Could his tyranny have done worse?
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