Analysis Of Whitman's "Drum Taps" And "The Wound Dresser"



Like most of the unprepared, naive Americans who believed the Civil
War would consist of a few short battles and little casualties, who then
after the war reached it's second year truly saw the Civil War for what it
really was- the bloodiest in America's history; Walt Whitman's "Drum Taps"
represents this ideal from start to finish. From the war's first battle in
1861 when Whitman saw the endeavor as a chance for the North to put to rest
all of the turmoil the South created, to the see-saw battles and first hand
knowledge of the detriments war could create, the poet's attitude evolved.
Though many poems in "Drum Taps" is indicative of this development, "The
Wound Dresser" is the best ...

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tumultuous escort, the ranks of policemen preceding,
clearing the way, The unpent enthusiasm, the wild cheers
of the crowd for their favorites…War! Be it weeks, months,
or years, an arm'd race is advancing to welcome it.

As we can see, like most Americans, Whitman was proud of the engagements to
come because at the time, war was only viewed by those who had never seen
the ugly side of it.
Like a diary of prose, "Drum Taps" follows the war and the
attitudes that accompany such an event. A further example of the author's
excitement for war and take no prisoners attitude can be read in "Beat!
Beat! Drums!"

Beat! Beat! Drums!- blow! Bugles! Blow!
Make no parley- stop for no expostulation,
Mind not the timid- mind not the weeper or prayer,
Mind not the old man beseeching the young man,
Let not the child's voice be heard, nor the mother's entreaties,
Make even the trestles to shake the dead where they lie awaiting
the ...

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