| Quote #1
O you youths, Western youths,
These Western men are full of action, sure; we saw that coming. But friendship? Of course, it's "manly" friendship, but still. These lines clue us in to the fact that the bond of love and friendship is one of the most significant attributes of these pioneers. It is what unites them.
| Quote #2
From Nebraska, from Arkansas,
This image of clasped hands is an image of friendship and solidarity. Despite the fact that they are all very different people from very different places, these pioneers are like blood brothers—after all, they share the same "continental blood." And we all know that being blood brothers is like the highest level of friendship.
| Quote #3
On and on the compact ranks,
That detail of the compact ranks demonstrates the closeness of these pioneers. They share the bond of soldiers in battle—they're foxhole buddies. This recurring image of the pioneers as an army in formation is central to this poem and really drives home the importance of their bonds of loyalty and friendship.