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

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Comment 84 of 204, added on January 21st, 2006 at 3:26 PM.

i enjoyed this poem. i really get the symbolizm. i just wish i knew why
he wrote it.

milana from United States
Comment 83 of 204, added on January 18th, 2006 at 12:43 PM.

Maybe its known by all of us because its just a good poem... Can we help
the fact that Walt Whitman was one of the most known Naturalist poets out
there???

Matt from United States
Comment 82 of 204, added on January 16th, 2006 at 7:49 PM.

You don't know why this poem is so famous? Maybe it's because so many
people liked it...

Greg from United States
Comment 81 of 204, added on January 16th, 2006 at 12:22 PM.

No, this peom is no good. how it is famos I dont knpw

Reg from Canada
Comment 80 of 204, added on January 15th, 2006 at 5:06 PM.

I disagree, this is a good poem

James from United States
Comment 79 of 204, added on January 15th, 2006 at 1:33 PM.

this poem is not as good as I expected. I had heard that it was better

john from Canada
Comment 78 of 204, added on January 12th, 2006 at 1:14 AM.

o captain my captain is a great poem written by Walt Whitman. Tthis poem
is an elegy on the death of Abraham Lincoin . the poet did not express his
feelings directly he uses symbols and metaphors, the captain is Abraham
Lincoin, the president ;USA is the ship; the voyage, fearful journey is
the civil war-the war against slavery.
in this poem the poet expresses his grave and sadness, because Abraham was
his beloved leader. This man , Abraham, was very bold and fearless person,
he took the case of Negro slave seriously . he said Negro should be treated
as human beings , he was against the idea of Negro slave. None is inferior
to another , all human are equal.
Abraham was very proud of himself so he asked others to be proud of
themselves.
When the sip came back from itís trip , people wanted to honor their
leader, but they were disappointed to know their leader was no more .Walt
Whitman was in the ship, he was very sorry to hear the news of the death
of Abraham. His death was not natural one , he was assassinated .
The poet says the fearful journey is over. it is successful ,because
slavery is over. Negro get the right of equality.
When the poet says :o captain , my captain rise up and hear the bells
I felt as if I was there trying to make the captain to wake up. People are
waiting to welcome him . people are gathered to honor him . but Abraham did
not move he was died .


Alia Qahtan from Yemen
Comment 77 of 204, added on January 11th, 2006 at 7:18 PM.

Walt Whitman is one of the best, if not the best, writer of all time. There
seems to never be a flaw to his poems. I love the symbolism in this poem
that relates to Abraham Lincoln's death. When Whitman repeats heart! heart!
heart!, I can almost hear gunshots. I can hear the ringing and the cheering
of the crowds after the unification of the states. I love how Whitman first
refers to Lincoln as just a captain and then adds in my captain and also
describes him as a father. It seems to show his personal liking for the
president. The father also seems to show some biblical allusion to me, as
if Lincoln was a savior to America. It is great when Whitman says "The ship
is anchor'd safe and sound" because it shows like a real captain, Lincoln
went to all measures to finish the "voyage" of the "ship" (US) and the
"fearful trip" (civil war) even if that resulted in his death. Even after
he describes Lincoln's death, he still says crowds are cheering, and should
still be cheering for the influential president. I love how Whitman
describes seeing the dead man as a "dream", almost like he doesn't believe
it is happening and just wants to wake up. Such a glorious dream became a
nightmare. Priceless. When I was done reading the poem, I noticed that the
stanzas were all shaped like the front of a ship, and started with the word
'captain' as though the captain is on the deck. Did anyone else notice
this?

Greg from United States
Comment 76 of 204, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 12:52 PM.

i think that this poem is about abraham lincoln and how the civil war just
ended and everyone( well not every one...) is rejoicing and soon after
abraham licoln is killed

arielle from United States
Comment 75 of 204, added on December 26th, 2005 at 8:57 PM.

he is a great poet indeed n i believe this is his one of the best poem.
very nicely written describing all emotions various similis metaphors and
personifications leads to the creation of a masterpiece

shweta singhal from India

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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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