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

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Comment 16 of 206, added on January 10th, 2005 at 5:17 PM.

i agree with emily peterson! i also agree with brittney because there are
so many different ways that a poem can be viewed, depending on different
senarios that have affected them, so there is no wrong point of view!

rebecca from United States
Comment 15 of 206, added on January 4th, 2005 at 11:17 PM.

i really liked this poem . it is very nicely written and flows very well.

nadia jalali from Argentina
Comment 14 of 206, added on December 30th, 2004 at 5:24 PM.

Whilst is almost certain that this poem was indeed moitvated by the
assasination of Lincoln ('captain') i think it important to consider the
anology of the ship setting. Why is the 'captain' a captain of a ship as
opposed to another vehicle.? The ship in question, i belive, is the US
itself. The journey of the divided states to the united states, the slavery
to slave freedom-Lincoln involvment - thus ...'the prize we sought is
won'...'the victors ship comes in with object won'. there are more than 2
different underlying facets to this poem which i think are often
overlooked. further, whilst no doubt a compelling poem that has attrected
much attention, it is also, therefore, a hugely overated poem of whitman's
- there being many better and more precise examples witihn the combined
body of 'leaves of grass'.

STINGER from United Kingdom
Comment 13 of 206, 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 206, 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 206, 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 206, 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 206, 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

Kt Con from United States
Comment 8 of 206, 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)."

Anzen from Singapore
Comment 7 of 206, 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

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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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