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A Sight In Camp Analysis

Author: Poetry of Walt Whitman Type: Poetry Views: 1085

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A SIGHT in camp in the day-break grey and dim,

As from my tent I emerge so early, sleepless,

As slow I walk in the cool fresh air, the path near by the hospital


Three forms I see on stretchers lying, brought out there, untended


Over each the blanket spread, ample brownish woollen blanket,

Grey and heavy blanket, folding, covering all.

Curious, I halt, and silent stand;

Then with light fingers I from the face of the nearest, the first,

just lift the blanket:

Who are you, elderly man so gaunt and grim, with well-grey'd hair,

and flesh all sunken about the eyes?

Who are you, my dear comrade?10

Then to the second I step--And who are you, my child and darling?

Who are you, sweet boy, with cheeks yet blooming?

Then to the third--a face nor child, nor old, very calm, as of

beautiful yellow-white ivory;

Young man, I think I know you--I think this face of yours is the face

of the Christ himself;

Dead and divine, and brother of all, and here again he lies.


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I took this poem a completly differnt way and saw it as the speaker in the war and fighting for his country. He then looks back on his life as a young boy and relizes he is an old man now. He then sees Jesus who welcomes him into heaven.

| Posted on 2011-11-01 | by a guest

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I took this poem a completly differnt way and saw it as the speaker in the war and fighting for his country. He then looks back on his life as a young boy and relizes he is an old man now. He then sees Jesus who welcomes him into heaven.

| Posted on 2011-11-01 | by a guest

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In the two poems, “I Hear America Singing”, and “A sight in camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim” by Walt Whitman, are very different. They both interpret different ideals, and they both have different emotions of characters. Walt Whitman’s poetry had different parallel structure, alliteration, assonance, imagery, onomatopoeia, free verse, and cadence. He has created poems that give of a perfect picture from his words. These two poems by Walt Whitman have created an image in people’s mind that will last a lifetime. In “I Hear America Singing”, Walt Whitman interprets the ideal of America workers that really built America. Whitman is admiring all of the Americans that work very hard and get hardly any credit for it. He is admiring the people who have made a big difference in America that made us who we are today. The workers such as the boat-man, the shoe-maker, or even the wood-cutter don’t get enough credit as they should.

| Posted on 2011-02-06 | by a guest

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basically what he is saying is that war consumes those of all ages from the young and unlived to those who have lived their life and dying is their last great act. the reference to Jesus would be symbolism to a middle aged man(age early to mid 30s).
Whitman worked as an army nurse during the war he didnt exactly approve of what was going on but still made sure he could help those in need. Also it was a great oppertunity to observe people naturally which were the basis of all his poems

| Posted on 2011-01-07 | by a guest

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This is telling a story of when the speaker (in war) awakes and passes by a hospital. Out of curiosity, he lifts the blankets covering three dead men. The diversity in age allows the reader to relate to every one, as everyone has emotional connections to the old man who should never had fought in the war, the boy who never got to live his full life, and the young man who represents Jesus Christ. This shows the fraternity among America, in which all the men who died are acknowledged and basically thanked because of their sacrifices to America. The allusion to Christ is especially important as to emphasize the sacrifices soldiers commonly give in war, and it is more accessible to readers at that time, as many were highly religious, especially Catholics.

| Posted on 2009-11-08 | by a guest


it takes his thoughts from sorrow (gray and grim) to the justification of Jesus' presence. It begins to almost form a pattern, going from the old man to the yonger man; asking "who are you?". Then the entire feel of the poem changes after he reaches the "ageless" man, whom he says "i think i know you" he defines his face as the face of Christ himeslf. With the "presence" of Christ, he says brother of all. As Jesus sacrificed himself to humanity, so did the soldiers, both confederate and yankee. This man whom Whitman sees as Christ is a represenitive for all who have sacrificed themselves for thw war.

| Posted on 2004-09-28 | by Approved Guest

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