I SEE before me now, a traveling army halting;
Below, a fertile valley spread, with barns, and the orchards of summer;
Behind, the terraced sides of a mountain, abrupt in places, rising high;
Broken, with rocks, with clinging cedars, with tall shapes, dingily seen;
The numerous camp-fires scatter’d near and far, some away up on the mountain;
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

Analysis, meaning and summary of Walt Whitman's poem Bivouac on a Mountain Side.


  1. Dari M. Hatash says:

    this poem is connected to American Civil War. It tells us that the view is so charming.Whitman depicts how was the Army during that time.

  2. Natasha says:

    This is a beautiful poem. It is easy to understand and it really creates a wonderful view in your mind like your looking out over a mountainside into the american wilderness during a time of American war. Its a really nice poem.

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