What is the theme of the poem called "The Artilleryman's Vision?"

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The main theme of Walt Whitman’s “The Artilleryman’s Vision” is the overwhelming horrors of war. The poem begins with a peaceful, idyllic, domestic scene. The speaker lies with his wife by his side. All is still and quiet except for the breathing of his infant child. However, the speaker is then troubled with memories of war from his past, which intrude upon and disturb the present. The horrors of the war are so powerful as to overwhelm the past and flood into the present. His present domestic contentment is contaminated by the irrepressible past.

The horrors of the war also overwhelm the speaker’s senses. He hears “the short t-h-t! t-h-t! of the rifle-balls” and the “great shells shrieking as they pass,” and he sees the “shells exploding” and the “crashing and smoking” of the “scenes at the batteries.” Throughout the...

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