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O Captain! My Captain! Analysis



Author: poem of Walt Whitman Type: poem Views: 323



O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,

The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won,

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red,

Where on the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.



O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;

Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills,

For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding,

For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here Captain! dear father!

This arm beneath your head!

It is some dream that on the deck,

You've fallen cold and dead.



My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;

The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;

From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;

Exult O shores, and ring O bells!

But I, with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.






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the different x goal
damage: hurts
captain: leader
ship: usa

| Posted on 2011-01-09 | by a guest


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alliteration in this poem happens in:
-stanza 2 line 2
-stanza 3 line 3
-stanza 3 line 4

| Posted on 2010-11-01 | by a guest


.: :.

alliteration in this poem happens in:
-stanza 2 line 2
-stanza 3 line 3
-stanza 3 line 4

| Posted on 2010-11-01 | by a guest


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the poem in its self is a large metaphor, the sea captain is Lincoln, the ship is really the United States of America and the deck where my captain lies is the ship deck as well as where Lincoln was murdered.

| Posted on 2009-04-01 | by a guest


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This poem symbolizes the war and Lincoln himself, and how the people really were proud of him for leading them to victory. When the ship has weathered every rack, it represents how many were killed, and in order to claim freedom, you have to make sacrifices, o the bleeding drops of red, where on the deck my captain lies, fallen cold and dead.

The poem also shows a great sense of irony. In the sense, that there were such a great amount of sacrifices that not only Lincoln made to unite the country but also the country within its own self. And to finalize it, Lincoln made his greatest Sacrifice...himself.

| Posted on 2007-03-14 | by a guest




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