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Beat! Beat! Drums!
Beat! Beat! Drums!
by Walt Whitman


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Once we've figured out that "Beat! Beat! Drums!" is talking about war, this poem is pretty smooth sailing. Our speaker's sentiments might not be super easy to read, but we as we get swept up in the emotion of the poem ourselves, we can totally feel for him – and we realize that maybe, just maybe, we're supposed to be torn, too.

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