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

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Comment 70 of 220, 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 220, 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 220, 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
Comment 67 of 220, added on November 15th, 2005 at 6:38 AM.

this poem is written nicely an in this poem i can see a hidden truth of
life that people want freedom from slavery

huma from Pakistan
Comment 66 of 220, added on November 11th, 2005 at 4:47 AM.

This poem never ceases to move me. Whitman was a genius and a good human
being who gave 3 years of his life working in the hospitals tending to
wounded in the Civil War. America's greatest poet

Barry from Israel
Comment 65 of 220, added on November 8th, 2005 at 1:21 AM.

I came to know this great poem, as most of the israeli people, at the
memorial gathering after the assasination of Itzhak Rabin, our
Prime-Minister, on November 4 1995.
In any language you may choose, Whitman's poem is an everlasting memorial
stand to the CAPTAINS, the leaders of truth, who lost their life to hatered
and ignorance.

Alas the country who share the loss for her captain,
Hail the counry blessed with poets as Whitman.

Aharon from Israel
Comment 64 of 220, added on November 7th, 2005 at 12:53 AM.

I am French. This poem was given to me by an American soldier at the
Liberation !I know it by heart ...Since that time it moves me as much as
before . I love America !

Desrues from France
Comment 63 of 220, added on November 6th, 2005 at 6:12 AM.

One of the most famous Israeli song and music writers Naomi Shemer
translated the poem to Hebrew after Itzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995.
She also composed it, and you can here a sample at:
http://www.mooma.com/onealbum.asp?AlbumID=6638 (it's in Hebrew, scroll down
to the last song and click on the little black arrows). Unfortunately, the
sample ends before "But O heart! heart! heart!" but I think it's worth
listening to, though it might change the way you'll read the poem in the

Yonatan from Israel
Comment 62 of 220, added on November 4th, 2005 at 1:52 PM.

It talks about Abraham Lincolns Assasssination during the end of the Civil
War. I think it was a good peom but hard to understand

Melissa from United States
Comment 61 of 220, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 1:31 AM.

for me i heard it on tv then i researched it on the web and i found that it
is not only inspiring but also got me to think and research about ebraham

saud al sam from Kuwait

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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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