Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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A Sight In Camp

Rating: 2.8

A SIGHT in camp in the day-break grey and dim,
As from my tent I emerge so early, sleepless,
As slow I walk in the cool fresh air, the path near by the hospital
tent,
Three forms I see on stretchers lying, brought out there, untended
lying,
Over each the blanket spread, ample brownish woollen blanket,
Grey and heavy blanket, folding, covering all.
Curious, I halt, and silent stand;
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Konab Ghumman 30 June 2019
Then to the third- a face nor child, nor old, very calm, as of beautiful yellow-white ivory; Young man, I think I know you- I think this face of yours is the face of the Christ himself; Dead and divine, and brother of all, and here again he lies. '
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Martin O'Neill 10 February 2012
Now I understand it is not the done thing to find fault with famous names, however, i find this poem below average for a number of reasons. The use of archaic sentence constructions at odd intervals when the remainder of the poem is contemporaneous smacks of pretentiousness at worst and laziness at best. I really didn't like this one. Sorry Walt.
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Alain Ilan Braun 19 September 2011
So sad and so beautiful a poem! I still wonder how the poet was involved? Was it during the Civil War? I guess so. This poem is telling us much about war is really: ugly even for the noblest cause!
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Ricardo Vargas 02 December 2005
I thought the poem had a lot of meaning to it because he talks about how there were all kinds of men fighting, young and old, and it talks about his experiences during the war.
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Shelly P 02 December 2005
I like this poem because it is very sentimental. I read about Whitman's life and how he helped the wounded soldiers, but never have read anything he had written about his experiences. It is neat to read his feelings for the soldiers.
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