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Walt Whitman - I saw Old General at Bay.

I SAW old General at bay; 
(Old as he was, his grey eyes yet shone out in battle like stars;) 
His small force was now completely hemm’d in, in his works; 
He call’d for volunteers to run the enemy’s lines—a desperate emergency; 
I saw a hundred and more step forth from the ranks—but two or three were selected;
I saw them receive their orders aside—they listen’d with care—the adjutant
I saw them depart with cheerfulness, freely risking their lives.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 25. I saw Old General at Bay.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 8. Drum-Taps
Year: Published/Written in 1900

Comment 2 of 2, added on February 14th, 2016 at 11:54 AM.


Sam from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on December 1st, 2008 at 8:56 AM.

This poem is about a soldier who saw an old general at the bay. The general had noticeable grey eyes. The general was stuck in a situation where he didn't know what to do. He called for men to cross enemy borders. Over 100 men volunteered but only 2 or 3 where chosen. The general gave them their orders and they listened attentively. The general knew what he was getting himself into, but the 3 men left proud to serve.


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