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

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Comment 77 of 227, 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

Greg from United States
Comment 76 of 227, 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 227, 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
Comment 74 of 227, added on December 20th, 2005 at 5:41 AM.

its a really stirring poem .....i am actually a student n it is in my
course...i luv to study abt it!!!!i need its summary...

Kriti from India
Comment 73 of 227, added on December 11th, 2005 at 11:15 PM.

Hello,i am one of the graduates in China. I am looking for reference about
this poem in my thesis .i like Whitman's poem .And i need you hand .Thank

pearl from China
Comment 72 of 227, added on December 9th, 2005 at 2:06 PM.

i love this poem....when you first read this you think that he is talkin
about a boat and its captain....but its really about abrahim lincoln

lizabeth from United States
Comment 71 of 227, added on December 6th, 2005 at 8:38 PM.

This poem is AMAZING! just the fact that he puts the hurt that he is
clearly feeling into it is powerful. I love it.

Angel from United States
Comment 70 of 227, added on December 1st, 2005 at 10:20 PM.

i really enjoyed this poem, because i read a book called becoming mary
mehan, its about an irish girl and how the irish aren't able to get a good
job, and are almost like slaves, but not as bad. in this book walt whitman
tried to get mary to visit dying soldiers in the hospital and goes in there
a lot himself, near the end mary does go in and sees a man, this man is
missing a leg, and mary pretends she is his sister and tries to make the
end of his life as happy as possible, she tells him that she already told
his mom that he had been brave, then she sees him die. she only goes in
because her brother died in the war. i am doing a report in class, i am
analysing what walt was trying to say in his poems, and what it means to
me, im going to try to finish it tonight, thank you for reading what i have
to say
Phoebe Zajac 7th grade

Phoebe Zajac from United States
Comment 69 of 227, added on November 17th, 2005 at 9:29 AM.

I thought the poem was interesting, and i remember seeing it on a tv show
once, but anyway it is a cool poem.

Shannon from United States
Comment 68 of 227, added on November 16th, 2005 at 7:35 AM.

This Poem is really good because it talks about Abraham Lincolns Death
during the Civil War. I think that it is referring Abraham Lincoln as the
Captain and we are the ship. Without a captain we are a ship without order.

Jeff Ziolkowski 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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