Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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Beat! Beat! Drums!

Rating: 3.1

BEAT! beat! drums!--Blow! bugles! blow!
Through the windows--through doors--burst like a ruthless force,
Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation;
Into the school where the scholar is studying;
Leave not the bridegroom quiet--no happiness must he have now with
his bride;
Nor the peaceful farmer any peace, plowing his field or gathering his
grain;
So fierce you whirr and pound, you drums--so shrill you bugles blow.
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Michael Walker 19 September 2019
Rousing sound words, words which echo in the distance. 'Beat! beat! drums! - Blow! bugles! blow! ' I would like to have heard that.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 29 February 2016
Mind blowing drum beats and blowing bugles that escalate the madness for war. Thanks for sharing.
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* Sunprincess * 29 February 2016
.........beautiful opening line....fantastic flow ?
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Susan Williams 29 February 2016
The things that Walt Whitman can do to his readers is unmatched! That drum beat permeates the poem and we read it to the beat of that drum, that persistent drum beating like our heart, beating like the heart of a nation on the brink of catastrophe
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Kim Barney 29 February 2016
A classic poem, but let's forget the drums and the bugles, and forget the wars. Let's have peace.
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Barry Middleton 29 February 2016
Some things never change.
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Edward Kofi Louis 29 February 2016
Drum beat! There is no peace on earth today. Thanks for sharing.
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M Asim Nehal 29 February 2016
Even today this poem stands valid, a masterpiece indeed.
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Robert Howard 02 November 2006
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.
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