Walt Whitman

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

Vicouac On A Mountain Side

Poem by Walt Whitman

I SEE before me now, a traveling army halting;
Below, a fertile valley spread, with barns, and the orchards of
Behind, the terraced sides of a mountain, abrupt in places, rising
Broken, with rocks, with clinging cedars, with tall shapes, dingily
The numerous camp-fires scatter'd near and far, some away up on the
The shadowy forms of men and horses, looming, large-sized flickering;
And over all, the sky--the sky! far, far out of reach, studded,
breaking out, the eternal stars.

Comments about Vicouac On A Mountain Side by Walt Whitman

  • 9ikkie (1/20/2020 6:32:00 PM)

    Man is always conquering and subduing nature and his environment. " Looming" . Even the imposing mountain they " break" and inhabit. Yet nature is still superior! They cant touch the sky " far out of reach"(Report)Reply

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  • jim hogg (1/20/2020 2:54:00 PM)

    Vicouac? ? ? ? He's describing a bivouac...(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/20/2020 11:13:00 AM)

    The sky! ! ! !
    The sky!
    Muse of nature.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Morgan DudeMorgan Dude (1/20/2020 7:07:00 AM)

    very cute and cozy! nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (1/20/2020 6:53:00 AM)

    The impressions of Nature Poet Walt Whitman depicted in this poem is fascinating to read!(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/20/2020 4:18:00 AM)

    the sound of breaking
    halting the march, the time of civilization, the integral part of humanity
    breaking the unbreakable heart, the rock of society
    breaking everywhere
    flying the ash with fire over the sky
    no one is safe from the breaking danger
    oh the ultra modern life! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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