Bivouac on a Mountain by Walt Whitman

Bivouac on a Mountain
1900

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 eternal stars.

Walt Whitman
Born: 31 May 1819, New York, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 26 March 1892, New Jersey, USA

Whitman was a poet, essayist, and journalist of the 19th century. A humanist, he was part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, covering both ideologies in his work. Among the most influential of the American poets, Whitman was often called the father of free verse. For its time, his work was controversial, and his poetry collection Leaves of Grass was described obscene due to overt sensuality. His own life came under scrutiny as it was presumed Whitman was homosexual. However, Whitman’s influence on poetry remained strong and when he died at age 72 his funeral was a public event

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