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

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Comment 88 of 218, added on February 6th, 2006 at 4:41 PM.

This poem was quite intellegently created as to devise such an emotion as
to stir the nation into the believence of this ever such event taking
place. It did not, but will remain in our hearts as taking occurence in the
USA. You may agree or disagree. That is your choice alone, but remember
this poem is the heart of our nation. No matter your opinion

Spinna from United States
Comment 87 of 218, added on February 3rd, 2006 at 7:21 PM.

I was required to memorize this poem in grammar school in the year 1933...I
can still recite it from memory.

I would make the observation that the poem is surely not about the author's
father, not about slavery, but rather the preservation (not the creation)
of the Union. That was the goal that was won.

That was the goal sought and achieved, not the elimination of slavery.
Lincoln himself expressed that view but desired to end slavery as well.

It was slavery (the extension of it to other states the goal of the Rebels)
that was the cause of the war, but Lincoln's goal was the preservation of
the Union.

A great-grandfather of mine, Commander of the Fifth Michigan Infantry, died
for that cause on 3 May 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

Col. John B. Devoe USAF (Ret.) from United States
Comment 86 of 218, added on February 2nd, 2006 at 6:42 PM.

In the 8th grade i had to memorize this poem as a project. i got really
good and could say it in less than a minute. but that isn't the point, the
point is i decided to do some research on it because it was interesting and
not very clear. but what i found out was that this poem really was created
in honor of Abraham Lincoln's death after the Civil War, just in case any
one was wondering.

Kellie from United States
Comment 85 of 218, added on January 24th, 2006 at 8:39 PM.

While doing research to help my group poetry and analyzing, I ran into this
site. The comments are very interesting and helped me a lot. I finally
understand all of the symbolism and such. I thought there were no hidden
meanings. I thank everyone so much for helping me, i now understand it.

gewn from United States
Comment 84 of 218, 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 218, 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

Matt from United States
Comment 82 of 218, 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 218, 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 218, added on January 15th, 2006 at 5:06 PM.

I disagree, this is a good poem

James from United States
Comment 79 of 218, 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

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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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