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What are the central ideas of the poem "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night" by Walt Whitman?

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Throughout the poem "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field one Night," Whitman illustrates a soldier reminiscing about his friend's death in battle and describes how the soldier had to bury his friend on the same night. Whitman explores the ideas of death, peace, eternity, friendship, compassion, and love throughout the poem. When the soldier returns to his friend on the battlefield to find him dead, the soldier holds a vigil. The soldier's calm demeanor suggests that he is contemplating the cycle of life and death. He is at peace with the fact that his friend has passed away and displays his compassion by holding a vigil for the dead soldier on the battlefield. The soldier...

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