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

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Comment 9 of 209, 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 209, 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 209, 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 209, 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 209, 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

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 209, 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

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 Littrell from United States
Comment 3 of 209, added on September 23rd, 2004 at 7:46 PM.

I think the poem "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman is a very
creative but inspiring and true at the same time. This is because he
describes Abraham Lincoln's death (assassination), and it can be used in
many ways including the way Emily Peterson analyzes it. I think it is one
of his best poems!

Ryan Dupler from United States
Comment 2 of 209, added on August 20th, 2004 at 4:30 AM.

thanks for posting your view on this poem.

The conventional take on "O Captain! My Captain!" is that it was written in
response to the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln in 1865. The
poem was immediately seized upon by a grieving nation, and actually the
most widely read of Whitman's poems during his own lifetime. In fact, he
was asked to recite the poem so many times in the years to follow that he
said "I'm almost sorry I ever wrote it," though it had "certain emotional
immediate reasons for being."

That being said, anyone is free to interpret a poem in their own way. This
particular poem can be read in many ways, and you can insert any type of
paternal figure as the "Captain", including of course your own father, with
good effect.

Comment 1 of 209, added on August 20th, 2004 at 1:36 AM.

The poem o captain my captain to me was analysed as a cry to his fatheron
his death bed. hes crying out to his father with the pain he fells for him.
"but o heart! heart1 heart!" he also wants to let his father know that he
is always their for him, but his father dose not relise it. "my father dose
not feel my arm, he has no pulse or will." he says it like his father is
not trying. like his father never wanted to have support from his son. when
he says, "from fearfull trip," he was talking about the hardships in his
fathers life that they had to face, such as raising his nine kids. walt
whitman is one of my many favort writers, not ony becuse of what is realy
behind his poems, but what they realy contain. this is my first time
writing down what i thought a poem ment, i always just do it in my head.
but this one is realy a true favorit and it desurved it. please email me
and tell me what you think.

emily petersen

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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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