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...the countless graves,” (599). Starting each line with the word from asserts the importance of the fact that soldiers from all over the country were dead from this singular war. Similarly, later in the poem Whitman uses anaphora again to achieve a sense that the soldiers should not be remembered specifically for their war experience, but also for the rest of their lives so he tells the drummers to stay quiet by saying “Nor you drummers, neither at reveille at dawn, /Nor the long roll alarming the camp, nor even the muffled beat for a burial,” (599). These alternative poetic devices, such as anaphora and stanza length give the reader a sense of the remarkably important aspects of the poem including the fact that Whitman believes that the soldiers deserve recognition individually instead of on a group basis as well as the separation of the soldiers from the war itself.
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