E. Fred Carlisle: On "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night"
[T]he poet recognizes that the two men did share a reciprocal love that, just possibly, kept them going . . . and thus enabled them to find something of value in the war. The war made the relationship possible, and it gave the friendship, perhaps, a depth and immediacy it might not have had in other circumstances. Therefore, the surviving comrade will remember the personal I-Thou relationship that did exist, as well as recall the death that deprived him of his friend. The old soldier maintains a vigil that is at once a lament and a celebration. It is a vigil he can never forget because it reminds him of both love and death.
|Title||E. Fred Carlisle: On "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||E. Fred Carlisle||Criticism Target||Walt Whitman|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||14 May 2020|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||The Uncertain Self: Whitman's Drama of Identity|
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