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Drum Taps

Walt Whitman

Book Overview: 

Drum Taps is the next collection of poems published by Walt Whitman after his famous Leaves of Grass. This collection is a direct response to Whitman's personal observations of the Civil War, many of which come from his volunteer efforts in wartime hospitals.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .How at once with lithe limbs unwaiting a moment she sprang,
  (O superb! O Manhattan, my own, my peerless!
  O strongest you in the hour of danger, in crisis! O truer than
  How you sprang—how you threw off the costumes of peace with
            indifferent hand,
  How your soft opera-music changed, and the drum and fife were heard
            in their stead,
  How you led to the war, (that shall serve for our prelude, songs of
  How Manhattan drum-taps led.

  Forty years had I in my city seen soldiers parading,
  Forty y. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Drum Taps is a collection of 43 Civil War poems by Walt Whitman, arguably the best collection of war poetry written by an American. It was published separately in 1865 but was later incorporated into his Leaves of Grass.

The Wound Dresser ~ from Drum-Taps
An old man bending I come among new faces,

Phantoms, welcome, divine and tender!
Invisible to the rest, henceforth become my compan-
Follow me ever! desert me not, while I live.

Sweet are the blooming cheeks of the living! sweet
are the musical voices sounding!
But sweet, ah sweet, are the dead, with their silent eyes.

Dearest comrades!

Poetry that reads more like prose, t's pretty obvious where Walt goth is inspiration. An interesting portrait of the Civil War

At the risk of appearing to pad my stats, I'm writing a separate review of Drum Taps apart from Leaves of Grass because it is my favorite section as a whole so far and definitely deserves its own review. Similar to individual plays by the Big 3 Greeks, it seems almost obscene to have one rating and

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