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

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Comment 107 of 227, 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 227, added on April 26th, 2006 at 9:22 PM.

This is, in my opinion, one of the best poems written by Walt
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
Comment 105 of 227, added on April 24th, 2006 at 10:06 AM.

This poem is hexa burley whicked!
but seriously this poem is about the assasination of President Lincoln and
the victory of the Civil War

Matt Wainwright
Comment 104 of 227, added on April 22nd, 2006 at 2:08 PM.

This is the most exciting, moving poem, that I've ever read.

Alyssa Carson from United States
Comment 103 of 227, added on April 8th, 2006 at 6:20 PM.

"Dead Poets Society" explains a lot. Amazing movie and amazing poem.

emily from Poland
Comment 102 of 227, 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 227, 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 227, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 1:43 AM.

beutiful poem should be read by all .really touching

shobha from India
Comment 99 of 227, 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 227, 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
what does that mean/


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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: 1216 times
Poem of the Day: Sep 20 2004

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