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

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Comment 34 of 224, added on May 24th, 2005 at 5:38 PM.

hi Mrs. H! I finaly did research on Walt Whitman, and this is my proof.
Just don't read the date it was submitted!

Hillel Davis from United States
Comment 33 of 224, added on May 24th, 2005 at 5:35 PM.

i think this is a realy good poem to do reports on, because there are so
many ways to look at it

bob the builder from United States
Comment 32 of 224, added on May 8th, 2005 at 7:24 AM.

It's sad, soooooo sad. The leader has no chance to see the victory of the
war that he led. Whitman uses captain to represent Lincoln, and the ship to
symbolize the war. The captain cannot celebrate the success of the voyage,
which arouses the exact sense of sadness.

Jacqueline from China
Comment 31 of 224, added on April 28th, 2005 at 8:23 PM.

what is clearly apparent with this poem is the reason. after some brief
research, whitman wrote it shortly after lincoln's assassignation. whitman
is using the ship as a representation of the united states democracy and
the captain as lincoln himself. this poem has a very... somewhat odd,
superstitious feel to it but ends in great sorrow and pain. this has always
been one of my favorites!

krista from United States
Comment 30 of 224, added on April 20th, 2005 at 8:21 PM.

I thought this poem was very depressing. I'm not a fan of this particular

Ashley from Australia
Comment 29 of 224, added on April 10th, 2005 at 10:28 PM.

I also think that Walt Whitman is a great poet. I also agree with Nadia
about how we think that Walt Whitman used a ship as a symbol just to
represent the US itself, witch I think is very clever. It also flows very
nicely and is one of the best poems I have read in my life.

William McGhee from United States
Comment 28 of 224, added on April 7th, 2005 at 4:46 PM.

I read this poem along with Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" at a speech
tournement and won 2nd place. I love the meaning attached to the poem and
the reason it was written.

Hilary from United States
Comment 27 of 224, added on April 1st, 2005 at 10:21 AM.

I happened to stumble on this website while i was doing ym english project
on whitman. And it was a great help all the comments in this forum allowed
me to get a great feedback on a poem i thought was one dimensional.
EMily's idea about the poem being about his father was awesome and i
expanded on that and looked at this poem in a new light. Whitman is my
favorite poet and i am glad that i found a new dimension on this poem

Bryan from United States
Comment 26 of 224, added on March 31st, 2005 at 10:44 PM.

Well...I think this is a great poem, I also agree with Rebecca, there are
different point of views. Eitherway, hopefully eveyone enjoys this poem as
much as I did!That's all I wanted to say!

Sahara from United States
Comment 25 of 224, added on March 18th, 2005 at 1:36 PM.

I honestly did not know this poem was about Honest Abe. I just thought that
it was funny. I am very glad that I picked Walt for this project.

Megan from United States

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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
Viewed: 1099 times
Poem of the Day: Sep 20 2004

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