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

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Comment 94 of 224, 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 224, 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
Comment 92 of 224, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 9:59 AM.

this was a great poem!!!! no one could of done better!! hey all yall babes
out there email me and send me a pic peace!..

chris from United States
Comment 91 of 224, added on February 16th, 2006 at 9:25 AM.

like omg i toatlly loved da poem it how can you say rocked my socks! later
hunnies peace

Joey from United States
Comment 90 of 224, added on February 8th, 2006 at 12:03 PM.

It did not seem obvious at first, but this poem is about Lincoln's death,
and the re-united country. When Whitman mention's the prize to that was
won, The prize is actually the civil war, that began the recreation of the
Lincoln did not, nor did many of the northerners, want the slaves to be
able to vote, or even, to be free. He acts as a good president, negotiating
with the different political figures and groups of the time. The
emancipation Proclamation, for example, freed no slaves, because the
rebelling states did not agree to any laws passed by the united states. It
was actually meant to change the cause of the war, and boost northern
soldiers morale.

The poem portrays America's loss in the death of Lincoln. It shows him as a
father of our nation, and the man who helped bring us together again. The
narrorator realizes this and mourns his loss.

Comment 89 of 224, added on February 7th, 2006 at 12:20 PM.

This is a great poem and should be heard all over the country!!!

Corey from United States
Comment 88 of 224, 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 224, 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 224, 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 224, 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

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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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