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

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Comment 102 of 222, added on April 5th, 2006 at 3:11 PM.

I dont really understand the context of this poem. I know that it is about
Abraham Lincoln, but i dont understand what each stanza means, if any one
could help that would be great.

sam from Venezuela
Comment 101 of 222, added on April 4th, 2006 at 8:56 AM.

and im sorry Col. John B Devoe if i insulted you because your my heroe even
though idont even know you

page from Bahamas
Comment 100 of 222, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 1:43 AM.

beutiful poem should be read by all .really touching

shobha from India
Comment 99 of 222, added on March 27th, 2006 at 10:45 PM.

um..yeh...sure its a good poemm.....ahahahaha what the fuck am i saying it
sucks shit..its prob cuz im not a nerd, so i dun understand all these
symbos n icons lol...*yawn.

yur mom from Canada
Comment 98 of 222, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 8:43 PM.

i have seen several times in the media people standing on chairs
(particularly in classrooms) and saying "o captain, my captain!" to
teachers.
what does that mean/

edd
Comment 97 of 222, added on March 21st, 2006 at 2:16 PM.

I liked your poems i've only read this one but the others have to be as
good as this one is so keep them coming. truley jamie

Jamie Davis from United States
Comment 96 of 222, added on March 17th, 2006 at 8:11 PM.

O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN, watch the movie 'Dead Poets Society' with Robin
Williams
this is a great poem

kelly from United States
Comment 95 of 222, added on March 3rd, 2006 at 1:35 PM.

this was an AMAZING poem. it shows people the sadness and the tragedy of
Abraham Lincolns death.

Stacy Johnson from China
Comment 94 of 222, added on February 28th, 2006 at 8:44 PM.

how come i NEVER get these stupid poems. i guess im just like...retarded.
why do they have to use symbolism and stuff? cant they just say what they
are talking about without making it *secretive*? whatever. all i know is
that the captain is ABRAHAM LINCON. thanks you guys for helping me!
/>

Rianna from United States
Comment 93 of 222, added on February 23rd, 2006 at 7:04 PM.

I had to memorize this poem and recite it to my 8th grade reading class
today. At first, when my teacher read it to my class, I had no idea that it
was about Abrham Lincoln. When she told us it was about Abraham Lincoln i
said it didn't sound like it was, but after she read us the words and
explained to us how they related to him the day he was killed by John Wilks
Booth. I understood why he wrote it. I think this is a great and useful
poem! If you don't understand it think of it like it is a love poem just
meant for you, and let the words explain themselves like your boyfriend or
husband would if it was in a love poem!

Emily 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: 619 times
Poem of the Day: Sep 20 2004


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