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.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Walt Whitman's poem I saw Old General at Bay.


  1. Colton Dismang says:

    I think these men were excited to fight for their country. Maybe they were happy when they were not picked to go fight, but they were willing to go fight.

  2. dreaw lewis says:

    i saw him at bay and went and said heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

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