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Like most of the unprepared nave Americans who believed the Civil War would consist of a few short battles and little casualties who then after the war reached its second year truly saw the Civil War for what it really was- the bloodiest in Americas history Walt Whitmans Drum Taps represents this ideal from start to finish From the wars first battle in 1861 when Whitman saw the endeavor as a chance for the North to put to rest all of the turmoil the South created to the see-saw battles and first hand knowledge of the detriments war could create the poets attitude evolved Though many poems in Drum Taps is indicative of this development The Wound Dresser is the best example of the author looking back upon his own initial opinions of the war while stationed at a field hospital carrying his latest and final thoughts regarding what he held as an unnecessary encounter However to understand the contrasts between his first then ultimately conclusive belief one must delve into his earlier works In the first poem of Drum Taps First O Songs For A Prelude the poem indicates to the reader that Whitman is staunchly enthusiastic towards the first battle The tumultuous escort the ranks of policemen preceding clearing the way The unpent enthusiasm the wild cheers of the crowd for their favoritesWar Be it weeks months or years an armd race is advancing to welcome it As we can see like most Americans Whitman was proud of the engagements to come because at the time war was only viewed by those who had never seen the ugly side of it Like a diary of prose Drum Taps follows the war and the attitudes that accompany such an event A further example of the authors excitement for
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