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Calvary Crossing A Ford
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A Yankee Journey from the South
In merely one sitting, a reader of Walt Whitmanâ€™s piece Calvary Crossing a Ford might have the inclination to interpret the work as a simple depiction of some unknown band of horseman and the aesthetic scenery they encounter on their travels. With an eye that is more attentive to detail, literary elements such as the speakerâ€™s tone and Whitmanâ€™s presentation of detail bring to light a deeper revelation; the Yankees are coming home.
The speakerâ€™s diction is not only sensory but also aesthetically so. He speaks of flags that, â€œflutter gayly in the wind,â€ and rivers of a â€œsilveryâ€ hew. The speakerâ€™s personal image of the horseman is one of admiration as he sees, â€œeach group, each person a picture.â€ With the inclusion of onomatopoeiaâ€™s such as the â€œmusical clankâ€ of arms, and the â€œsplashingâ€ of horses a peaceful mood is set and for the audience one of joy. This peaceful and joyful mood supports the existence of a jovial tone since mood is a byproduct of tone.
While it is the speaker who deserves the credit for influencing how we feel about the piece, Whitman receives all the credit for showing us whom to show our feeling for as a result of his presentation of detail. The reader first learns of the identity of the horsemen in the opening as a â€œline in long array.â€ The secondary denotation of array- a military force- fits in with further descriptions of the Calvary unit having â€œarmsâ€ or weapons that â€œflash in the sun,â€ and of Calvary wielding â€œguidon flags.â€
Secondly, through Whitmanâ€™s presentation of detail the reader learns of the Calvaryâ€™s journey beginnings. The journey is a long one â€œhorses loitering stop to drink,â€ â€œnegligent (riders) rest on the saddles.â€ However, the most prominent images are of â€œScarlet and blue and snowy whiteâ€ guidon flags and men â€œbrown-faced.â€ The â€œScarlet and blue and snowy whiteâ€ guidon flags are a symbol for the fl