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

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Comment 13 of 203, added on December 13th, 2004 at 4:55 AM.

ok first of all to make it clear i did know he wrote it about abe. william
blake is my favorit favorit writer. poets often cover up what their realy
writing about. maby he didnt want people to know that this was about this
father so he used abe as a cover. i know i do crap like that all the time.
its all how you look at it.my fav. from him is The Tiger. and also the sick
rose. i love too much. well anyways thanx for your input....but i like to
relate stuff to me cuzzz i think i conect with it more and i love it more.

emily petersen
Comment 12 of 203, added on December 6th, 2004 at 8:02 PM.

When I read this poem I also think of a father. This father was on a long
voyage to help his son. He has finally achieved it therefor having no more
will to live. The son, finally touched by his father, does not wish for his
father to go, but yet his captian lays cold and dead.

Hunter Lewis
Comment 11 of 203, added on November 26th, 2004 at 6:49 PM.

This poem is amazing and h knew just how to use all those words to make
this poem so powerful and meaningful. It took me a while to really
understand it but then it came to me and the chills just ran right through
me. its wonderful!

Alexis Morales from United States
Comment 10 of 203, added on November 23rd, 2004 at 9:54 PM.

i thought it was a great poem and i enjoyed reading it! because had this
amazing flow through it

Sabrina from Canada
Comment 9 of 203, added on November 1st, 2004 at 7:22 PM.

I had to read this poem in class and it is just the greatest! I love how
it flows and how dead is veiwed somewhat as a surprise. It seems that the
narorator is unassure at first to if he is really dead...BUT IT STILL IS
AWESOME!

Kt Con from United States
Comment 8 of 203, added on October 31st, 2004 at 5:25 AM.

"Back in Washington Lincoln never regained consciousness and passed away at
7:22 A.M. on the morning of April 15 at the Petersen House (across the
street from the theatre)."
http://members.aol.com/RVSNorton/Lincoln7.html

Anzen from Singapore
Comment 7 of 203, added on October 28th, 2004 at 7:48 AM.

This is my Favorite poem of Walt Whitman. I read it often around school and
people say it's weird. My first name is the same as Abraham Lincoln's. In
ninth grade I presented a report on Abraham Lincoln and this poem means
something different to me now. Thanks!

Abraham Proffitt from United States
Comment 6 of 203, added on October 27th, 2004 at 4:47 AM.

This is one of my favorite poems. Did you know that after Israel's prime
minister Yitzhak Rabin was assasinated 9 years ago, this poem was
trasnlated into Hebrew. It had a very similar effect on Israelies as it did
on Americans who first heard the poem after Lincoln's assassination. It is
a very powerful poem.

Gail from Canada
Comment 5 of 203, added on October 20th, 2004 at 4:49 PM.

I am writing a critical analysis of O Captain! My Captain! but i'm having
trouble writing an entire paper based solely on the Abraham Lincoln//Civil
War symbolism, if anyone can throw any other ideas my way i'd appreciate
it.

This is my favorite Whitman poem. I think if he would ahve tried to use a
different set of symbols for the war and the assanation it wouldn't have
been as effective.

Lauren from United States
Comment 4 of 203, added on October 14th, 2004 at 1:52 PM.

Willis, Emily Peterson is entitled to her opinion. She may not have known
what the poem was originally written for. Your insult wasn't neccessary at
all.

On another note, I think that "O Captain! My Captain" is a beautifully
written poem with a lot of emotion on it.

Can anyone give me a good site that has a lot or criticism on it?

Brittney

Brittney Littrell 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
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Poem of the Day: Sep 20 2004


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