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

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Comment 117 of 227, 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 227, added on April 13th, 2007 at 10:18 AM.

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

Natalia from Estonia
Comment 115 of 227, 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 227, 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!!

Comment 113 of 227, 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 227, 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 227, 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 227, added on January 10th, 2007 at 12:14 PM.

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

Comment 109 of 227, 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 227, 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

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

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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
Viewed: 1265 times
Poem of the Day: Sep 20 2004

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