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

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Comment 22 of 222, added on February 14th, 2005 at 12:41 PM.

I had to memorize this poem for third grade.

scott macphee from United States
Comment 21 of 222, added on February 6th, 2005 at 3:47 AM.

I was class president in the 9th grade and was instructed to memorize "Oh
Captain My Captain", I am now 72 years old and still remember this up
lifting poem about Abe Lincoln. I entered this web site to see if I
remembered every word as it should have been.

maury rose from United States
Comment 20 of 222, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 9:46 PM.

I think that their destination is a goal and to acheive thaqt goal there
will be sacrifices and the captain in the peom represents the sacrifice

WHy from United States
Comment 19 of 222, added on February 1st, 2005 at 10:15 PM.

I love this poem, it makes me feel warm inside but also said cause it talk
about Ab Lincoln dieing! It is well written and has good rythem!
I rate it a 9 out of 10 on my fav poem list!!!

Poemipe louver from Iceland
Comment 18 of 222, added on January 26th, 2005 at 3:20 PM.

was translated to hebrew by the great Israeli poet Naomi Shemer, after the
assasination of the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin at Nov. 4 1995.
This poem is read and sung each and every year since then. It is a very
strong and moving poem in Hebrew as well as in English.

Amir Meidan from Israel
Comment 17 of 222, added on January 18th, 2005 at 4:23 PM.

i think this poem is a great view of lincolns assasination. i had to read
this poem in class nd its a awesome poem. walt witman is a great poet nd i
love his work... thats alllllllll

nina from United States
Comment 16 of 222, 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 222, 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 222, 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 222, 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

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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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