Analysis of Bivouac on a Mountain Side

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)



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.


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Poetic Form
Metre 11011101001010 01010101110010110 010101101001010101 10111101011111 01001101010110111010 01001110101011100 01010101111111010100101
Characters 514
Words 86
Sentences 3
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 7
Lines Amount 7
Letters per line (avg) 56
Words per line (avg) 12
Letters per stanza (avg) 395
Words per stanza (avg) 84
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Walt Whitman

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