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

Beat! Beat! Drums! Rules and Order Quotes Page 2

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Make the very trestles shake under the dead, where they lie in their shrouds awaiting the hearses, (20)

Yikes – even the rituals of death are disturbed by the music. Death is normally an event that we respond to with very set, orderly procedures. Even within this very line, we read about the shrouds that cover the bodies and the hearses that take them away. But it turns out that even the sacred rituals of death are threatened or shaken up by war.

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