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

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Comment 115 of 205, 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 205, 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 205, 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 205, 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
Comment 111 of 205, added on February 8th, 2007 at 11:56 PM.

I am a junior in high school.In my english class I was just asked to
analysis this poem after watching "Dead Poets Society";the movie is great,
it symbolizes this poem and the history on it.

Phanica from United States
Comment 110 of 205, added on January 10th, 2007 at 12:14 PM.

I love this great inspiring poem. I am very pleased with this work of Walt
Whitman.

Tayuko
Comment 109 of 205, added on May 24th, 2006 at 5:21 PM.

What an amazing poem i love Walt Whitman and especially this poem O
Captain! My Captain! and i love also his poem poets to come it is a
beautiful poem

thaly_lover from Jordan
Comment 108 of 205, added on May 14th, 2006 at 6:35 PM.

I love and admire this poem on a personal scale. Last year in 7th grade, I
had to pick an author to write a report on and memorize a poem of his. So,
as you can guess, Whitman was my choice. What an amazing man he turned out
to be, and I had hardly heard of him before then. This poem is so
powerful. Not only is it about the dream Lincoln never fully was able to
recognize, but in his death, so few people saw what a great person had been
lost. Whitman has a knack for that, picking out what normal people miss.
Obviously, Whitman was an introvert, as am I, to be able to notice and
write such things.
To all lovers of poetry and true emotion, watch DPS (Dead Poets Society)
starring Robin Williams. It is my favorite movie, and you will easily see
why.

P.S.-to "yur mom" from Canada and others like this person: Please do not
poison places of art with your disrespect. Sure, it may be funny to your
friends and yourself, and you don't have to enjoy this poem, but really, no
one really needs to read your obsene comment. Thank you.

Haley Jones from United States
Comment 107 of 205, added on May 11th, 2006 at 8:46 AM.

This poem is about the speaker celebratimg the victory of the Union in the
Civil War, but also the speaker mourns the loss of his "captain." I have
enjoyed reading this poem and I shall keep reading it because it is a very
moving poem.

Tiffany Heim from United States
Comment 106 of 205, added on April 26th, 2006 at 9:22 PM.

This is, in my opinion, one of the best poems written by Walt
Whitman.
If you don't understand the poem, please try to find out what it means
before posting. If you feel the need to post that you don't know what the
poem is about, at least take the time to check your spelling... and
capitalization... and your grammar... (There is this nifty thing called the
Google toolbar. It has a spell check function.) This is not a chat room;
you can take your time to look over your writing before you post.
I won't go in-depth about each stanza, as I am sure this has been
commented on before. Anyway, if you have not already discovered the meaning
of the poem, it is about the death of President Lincoln. This occurred mere
days after Drum Taps began printing, and Whitman delayed its printing so he
could add a poem about the death of Lincoln.

Thomas Chamberlin 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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