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

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Comment 68 of 228, 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 228, 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 228, 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 228, 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 228, 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 228, 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 228, 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 228, 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
Comment 60 of 228, added on October 28th, 2005 at 7:23 AM.

I really didn't care too much about the poem. I mean, he really didn't talk
about anything except Abraham Lincoln, and who really cares about him.
Fuck all of ya'll nerdy ass bitches. Yall need to do sometin betta wit yo
time. Go smoke some dro or sometin. Thankyou for hearing what i have to
say. And have a good day. Tootles

amanda from United States
Comment 59 of 228, added on October 19th, 2005 at 10:25 AM.

I love this poem. It's about the only one that he wrote that isn't self
serving. I like how it is a touching tribute to Lincoln. Although the only
way Lincoln ever achieved greatness was because the south wanted more state
rights and put up a fight for it. That is a whole different subject matter
althogether. I like how the poem flows and Whitman's use of words. It's
very fitting and it's his way of immoralizing Lincoln.

belle 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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