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Vicouac On A Mountain Side
(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

Vicouac On A Mountain Side


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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Comments (6)

Man is always conquering and subduing nature and his environment. " Looming" . Even the imposing mountain they " break" and inhabit. Yet nature is still superior! They cant touch the sky " far out of reach"
Vicouac? ? ? ? He's describing a bivouac...
The sky! ! ! ! The sky! Muse of nature. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
very cute and cozy! nice poem
The impressions of Nature Poet Walt Whitman depicted in this poem is fascinating to read!
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