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Analysis and comments on Beat! Beat! Drums! by Walt Whitman

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Comment 16 of 96, added on December 8th, 2010 at 10:45 AM.
great poem

Beat! Beat! Drums! The tite is showing the intensity of war and fighting
and no one can escape the sounds of the drums. Walt Whitman wrote this poem
during the civil war and this peom is about the battle of Bull Run.The poem
is not about fighting for freedom or justice, but is to show what war
really is. A life destroying mistake that has no purpose but to cause pain
and misery.The "drums" and "bugles" are symbols of war because they were
used in the procession into battle."Would the talkers be talking? would the
singer attempt to sing?
Would the lawyer rise in the court to state his case before the judge?"
This quote means that everyone is effected by the war.." While the war
rages there can be "no happiness" or "any peace." Is a quote that shows
that Whitman prefers peace than war. Whitmans attitude in this poem it
seems as though Whitman is in bloodlust, but suddenly changes to depression
and unhappiness.The title increases intensity throughout the poem leading
to the climax of "war!" The theme of this poem is war is more bad than
good.

David Jameson from United States
Comment 15 of 96, added on May 10th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 14 of 96, added on November 25th, 2009 at 5:14 PM.
interseting

i love this poem and one of his other works called 'o captain, my
captain'... its an interesting poem about death and a fathers love. i love
walt whitman and adger allen poe, and many others i cant name (be to long)

mikayla dennis from United States
Comment 13 of 96, added on July 2nd, 2009 at 10:13 AM.

This is a very emotional poem. The last verse is the clincher of the poem.
The drums and the bungles are calling everyone to war. They care not for
the protesters, nor the mother"s pleadings, nor the old man trying to talk
the young man out of going. Their cause is the most important. Patriotism,
bravery, but also ignorance I found in this poem.

Joe C. from United States
Comment 12 of 96, added on April 13th, 2009 at 9:57 AM.

i believe that this mr.walt whitman must have bad body odor, because
everyone back then had some hygien problems and surely he must have been
the same!!!!SCREAMERS!!!!(that is cronic diharea) just incase you did not
know....that is painful!

Olivia from United States
Comment 11 of 96, added on May 6th, 2007 at 8:52 AM.

In this poem Whitman is talking about the battle of Bull Run. He is
describing how the people of the North have to mobilize because of the war
and they will never be the same again because the war dominates every
aspect of their lives.

Esther from United States
Comment 10 of 96, added on February 23rd, 2006 at 1:16 PM.

I think the strange nature of great work can be an openness to
interpretation. Surely this poem has a war theme, but that doesn't make the
interpretation that the poem is urging people to wake up to life invalid.
Whitman contains multitudes, he is his world, and while he can be the war,
the war can also be his poetry, a ringing, messianic declamation. He sees
the war, but is bigger than it. He can simultaneously rage against the war,
without throwing in some political dig that would less the poem's ability
to transcend the war, and beat the drum himself for the bigger war of the
spirit.

Dan from United States
Comment 9 of 96, added on January 21st, 2006 at 12:52 PM.

This a great poem. I would like to use it in my American Lit class but I
need to find 5 literary devices. Can anyone help?

Katie from United States
Comment 8 of 96, added on January 17th, 2006 at 12:21 PM.

In the first verse I think that it (the war) is to draw alls attention. In
the second, I find that the war is tell you to stop what you are doing and
to watch it. And the third could be about not allowing anyone to interrupt
this great war that we had against ourselves.

Veronica from United States
Comment 7 of 96, added on December 19th, 2005 at 11:35 PM.

In this poem by walt whitman he is not encouraging a war for freedom or
telling people to branch out and live a fuller life but he is rather
tearing down the so called glory of war and showing it for what it really
is- a home wreaking, life destroying, soul reaping mistake that serves no
purpose but to cause pain and misery leaving in its wake empty places where
young men once were. Whitman was a strong anti war poet who felt that war
did nothing but destroy the earth and his use of the drums and bugles to
sybolize the essence of war that leaves "no happiness" and is a
"wild","shrill", "fierce", and "terrible" entity. This is a beautiful poem
which decrys a torn nation and speaks a message of peace and the emptiness
of war that holds true not only to its own era but also to future
generations.

erica from United States

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Information about Beat! Beat! Drums!

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 3. Beat! Beat! Drums!
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 8. Drum-Taps
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jan 1 2005


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