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Analysis and comments on O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

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Comment 121 of 211, added on May 21st, 2007 at 11:30 AM.

when i was in 8th grade i read this poem and it took about a year before i
finally could totally analyze it. For whitman to put Abraham and his fight
for a union into a poem that makes no mention to either of the subjects
related is amazing, its breath taking. I have read a lot a his poetry but
this one with the rythum is by far my favorite..i have it memorized and
will always..its on of those poems that will never leave your memorie..

sam schultz from United States
Comment 120 of 211, added on May 15th, 2007 at 3:19 PM.

I think that this poem isreally showing emotion and I feel like I'm there
when I read it

Chasten from United States
Comment 119 of 211, added on May 14th, 2007 at 10:29 AM.

I love how Whitman can relate a captain to Abraham Lincoln dieing for his
country or ship in this case.

Matt from United States
Comment 118 of 211, added on May 12th, 2007 at 9:29 PM.

awesome, v. moving

Seyanne from Australia
Comment 117 of 211, added on April 17th, 2007 at 10:42 AM.

As a teen growing up in modern America, I am faced with so many challenges
every day. This poem inspired me to live life to the fullest.

Carlina from United States
Comment 116 of 211, added on April 13th, 2007 at 10:18 AM.

This poem was very inspiring. Yet, I thought it was quite sad and
depressing.

Natalia from Estonia
Comment 115 of 211, added on April 10th, 2007 at 12:57 PM.

This poem is one of the most serious and powerful pieces ive had the
pleasure to read... it reminds me of my friends and how much I appreciate
them and ill be there for them until the end... although this poem is
believed to be written about Abraham Lincoln's death, it is never related
to that but on a more personal level where the people in the real world are
expressing their loyalty and love for the best people in their lives...

Wes from United States
Comment 114 of 211, added on March 28th, 2007 at 8:34 AM.

I LOVE this poem it reminds me of why we need friends and what we believe
in this is why I LOVE this poem!!
~kiona~

kiona
Comment 113 of 211, added on March 3rd, 2007 at 12:02 AM.

I have a question: How would you read this part of the poem:

...
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning:
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
you're fallen cold and dead."

Is the "Here Captain!" supposed to be a phrase from the 'swaying crowd'?
When it says, "This arm beneath your head!" is it narrating how someone has
gotten to Lincoln's body and whoever it is is trying to hold the fallen
president's body up?

Niessie from United States
Comment 112 of 211, added on February 23rd, 2007 at 10:57 AM.

this poem gave me cold chills beyond belief it stunned me of how many
feelings he felt for lincon they were so strong if i did not know any
better i would think he had s/t for ol pres lincon lol jk i think he had a
great amount of respect for him it was just unexsplianable what i felt
while reading this strange but in away lovely poem

joy thomas from United States

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Information about O Captain! My Captain!

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 2. O Captain! My Captain!
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 17. President Lincoln's Burial Hymn
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Sep 20 2004


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