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John Scott And Walt Whitm Poem Analysis

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A drum, classified as a percussion instrument, does not bring the same cheerful and satisfying mood as other instruments. In fact, when compared to a different instrument family, such as the strings, drums are tumultuous and violent. The booming, sonorous drums are chaotic, dreadful, and gruesome—much like war. This symbolism is a connection cleverly made by both John Scott and Walt Whitman. The two poets were alive in different centuries and witnessed different wars, they accomplished their goals through distinct literary devices such as narrative perspective, personification, rhythm, and point of view, yet they share similar feelings toward war, like the brutal drums. John Scott was an English writer who was especially known for writing on social issues of his time. In…show more content…
Beat! Drums!”. In this poem, Whitman shows the uncontrollability of the war and how its tempestuous disturbance is inevitably aimed at the people. He uses specific descriptions of different places and people being affected by war. In the second stanza, very similar words are used, but this time he is just noting how the strong and loud the bugles and drums are. He uses repetition in the first two stanzas where he personifies the drums, telling them and the bugles to blow loudly, “Beat! beat! drums!—blow! bugles! Blow!” Both poems, “The Drum” and “Beat! Beat! Drums” portray war in a negative way. The poets believe war has nothing but a negative effect on society. They similarly show specific examples of the horrific impacts it has. In Beat! beat! Drums! this is portrayed in the third person while The Drum is done in the first person. Both poets reached the same conclusion through through different means. This distinction shows us the verity of war being chaotic. John Scott uses the first person to directly show his own opinion, while Walt Whitman uses the third person to make his argument relatable to the
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