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O Captain! My Captain! Analysis



Author: Poetry of Walt Whitman Type: Poetry Views: 11891







O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;

The ship has weather'd 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;10

For you bouquets and ribbon'd 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 anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;

From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;20

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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Hi I knew the poem I needed the summary. Where is the summary.

| Posted on 2013-12-01 | by a guest


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actually i am looking for the meaning..i already know the poem but i don`t know what it means!!!!

| Posted on 2012-12-12 | by a guest


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O captain, my captain by walt whitman is a symbolize poem representing d death of abraham lincoln american 16 president.

| Posted on 2012-05-01 | by a guest


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سيد صادق لا تسرق x من هنا !! ^_^

| Posted on 2012-04-21 | by a guest


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O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather\'d 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;10
For you bouquets and ribbon\'d 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 anchor\'d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and RED.
that is a great poem but i think it would be better if it didnt have a terrible event with it

| Posted on 2012-03-26 | by a guest


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this poem is about how George Washington was riding on his canoe and it sunk and he died and everyone celebrated.

| Posted on 2012-03-26 | by a guest


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thanks for helping me in english project i\'am 4th year student from pamp.d ako maka2pag graduate pg d ko to natapoz bali nakasalalay d2 ang pag akyat ko sa stage upang makuha ko ang pinaka-aasam sa DIPLOMA!!!!
thank ule sa mga ng post ah!!!!
_by:jayson P. tagsip
sec:IV-edison in justino sevilla high school!!!
arayat pamp.hehehe
thanks for the 3rd times!!!! ^_^

| Posted on 2012-03-12 | by a guest


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what is the poems connection to death and how you move on even though it can be hard?

| Posted on 2012-01-16 | by a guest


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really cuz im about fifteen u all wanna make fun of my spelling its the computer noone spells anything right its wats quik and easy to type

| Posted on 2011-12-14 | by a guest


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really cuz im about fifteen u all wanna make fun of my spelling its the computer noone spells anything right its wats quik and easy to type

| Posted on 2011-12-14 | by a guest


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really cuz im about fifteen u all wanna make fun of my spelling its the computer noone spells anything right its wats quik and easy to type

| Posted on 2011-12-14 | by a guest


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THE DEATH OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS LITERALLY KNOWN AS A NEW BEGINNING JUST LIKE DAY AND NIGHT..

| Posted on 2011-11-21 | by a guest


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Interesting poem, I enjoy the metaphor of Abraham Lincoln. I liked how Whitman makes the versus shorter as the poem moves along as to show panic and upcoming pain in the poem.
Patrick S

| Posted on 2011-10-31 | by a guest


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This is an awesome poem; one of the best I\'ve read. But I think that the poem was too short knowing that it was in honor to Abe. Lincon

| Posted on 2011-10-13 | by a guest


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I had to read this year, 8th grade year, and after i thought about it i loved it. I hate writing and i wrote two whole pages on it!!!

| Posted on 2011-09-29 | by a guest


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It\'s not soo good poem whoever it does remind us with the Chief of USA !!
Andrew.

| Posted on 2011-06-20 | by a guest


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Oh my god ur so mean for the person that is saying that the comments are reatartded. dude if you dont have something nice or at least useful say, SHUT UP!!

| Posted on 2011-06-06 | by a guest


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To make a long story short, \"O Captain My Captain\" is about Abraham Lincoln leading US during the Civil War. Unfortunately, Lincoln was assassinated and died on his \"ship.\" The poem also represents Walt Whitman\'s love for Abraham Lincoln.

| Posted on 2011-04-12 | by a guest


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i am doing a report on walt whitman. i need to find the rhythm, figurative language, imagery, and overall structure of the poem. is this an extended metaphor?

| Posted on 2011-04-09 | by a guest


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I am doing an English mid-term tomorrow, and I am pleased that this poem will be on it. I love, love, love it, and I don\'t even care for poetry. Lincoln is my favorite president and even political leader(and I\'m Canadian). This poem is a great tribute to him.

| Posted on 2011-04-07 | by a guest


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I would just like to add into your colorful disscusions,that I found this poem to be very suitable. I loved the metaphorical method Whitman uses. And please try to act your age while commenting. Some people actually need a good synopsis of this poem which I think many people have given. But no one likes to read rude comments while serching for an intelligent one. Thank you for all your help. :)
-Junior

| Posted on 2011-03-18 | by a guest


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O Captain! My Captain is a metaphoric poem written by Walt Whitman that speaks very highly of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. This elegy is a part of 4 poems that Walt Whitman wrote in memorial to his fallen hero.
In this poem, the captain is meant to represent Abraham Lincoln. The poem states that the captain has lead his ship through harsh conditions and still ended up arriving at the treasure or prize. This was meant to symbolize Abraham Lincoln leading the US during the tough times of the US civil war, abolishing slavery and keeping the union together after the civil war. These achievements are what earned the high respect from Walt Whitman.
Walt Whitman is so fond of Lincoln that he even calls him a father. It is such a high praise because almost no one would call a person they never met a father, and mean it. At the end of each stanza, Whitman reminds the reader that the captain, Abraham Lincoln, had not finished his journey and had perished. It symbolizes him getting assassinated and the bleeding drops of red are meant to portray the blood from when Lincoln was shot.
The poem also shows other people paying respects to Lincoln. An example would be “for you the flag is flung-for you the bugle trills.” This must have meant there were many others that appreciated Lincoln as much a Whitman did.
O Captain My Captain has a simple rhyme scheme. The first half of the first and third stanza consists of a couplet scheme, AABB. The first half of the second paragraph somewhat has a rhyme in couplets; bells, trills, crowding, turning. The second part of each stanza follows an ABCB rhyme scheme.
Overall I would say this poem is a very nice poem written by Whitman. It creates a happy and sad mood together because Whitman writes positives of what happened (such as Lincoln finding the prize or the people cheering for him) in the first half of each stanza but quickly reminds the reader that in fact Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated and will not be able to

| Posted on 2011-02-21 | by a guest


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the summerie of this is the poem is an ass of a bitchy poem

| Posted on 2011-02-20 | by a guest


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For poster 2010-02-25, There are people who want to learn about Whitman. Please dont make stuff up that are totally irrelevant to the topic.

| Posted on 2011-02-05 | by a guest


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I am looking for the meaning . not for the poem . FR*** ! >:))

| Posted on 2011-01-25 | by a guest


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what kind of summarization is this ??? do you really know how to summarize ???

| Posted on 2011-01-25 | by a guest


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Whoever said that Whitman was an English poet knows nothing about good literature and should not comment on it. Walt Whitman was born on Long Island and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

| Posted on 2010-12-16 | by a guest


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This poem shows the respect Whitman had for Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime and after his assasination. You might think, well overcourse he would have respect for his president, but this shows how good of a president Lincoln really was. Today people do respect Obama for whatever reasons, but Lincoln was loved by all and this poem really exhonerates that. The meat phors used in this poem are that the fearful trip represents the Civil War and that the Captain represents Lincoln. The mood of this poem is a mood that shows grieving and also repsect for the loss of the greatest president this country has ever seen. The only meter that Whitman uses in this poem is four long line and four short lines in each stanza.
Love, Jon

| Posted on 2010-12-15 | by a guest


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Thank you all for the helpul analysis\'s. I am currently doing a project on this poem.
Everybody interprets things differently though, so i thought i\'d throw in my own simple analysis. On the first level, the poem is about a ship and captain and exactly what it is saying. On a second level, it very clearly represents the death of Abraham Lincoln with references to the civil war, America,and Abraham himself in metaphorical sense at least.
However, when I first read it, I saw neither of those, but I saw the death of a \'captain\'. A teacher, a father etc. My father for me, in a sense.
So this poem is just wonderful and I love the levels. They facinate me to no end. haha :)

| Posted on 2010-12-05 | by a guest


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So stupid!!
These english poets don\'t know what to write and what not to.
BORING!!!

| Posted on 2010-12-04 | by a guest


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Nice Sumary :)
Beginning the stanza with “O Captain, my Captain” the speaker seems to be both addressing his Captain and talking to himself about his Captain. The “prize we sought is won” is the victory that the union achieved in the civil war. “The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting” is a reference to the fact that because the war is won, the people are happy and the end is near. \"our fearful trip is done\" is referring to the civil war being over. The next four lines deliver the message of the “Captain”, falling dead after the victory. The repetition of “But O Heart! Heart! Heart!” portrays the speaker’s horror at the fact that his Captain has died, more so because of the repetition three times. “Bleeding drops of red” symbolize both the Captains wounds, and also the speakers wounded heart. The deck is the deck of the “ship” that is America. The method that the lines shows the rhythm of the poem and portray emotional. In the second stanza, the speaker blends two distinct scenes: one where the crowds gather to celebrate the military victory of the captain, and the other the crowds mourning him as a fallen hero. The bells can be interpreted as both the bells of victory and the bells or a church in a funeral, as well as the bugle can be interpreted as military calls for victory or as taps, which is played at soldiers funerals. The people are both rejoicing in the victory and also mourning for Captain’s assassination. In the second half of this segment, the speaker is almost going through denial about his Captain’s death, calling it a “dream”. Also, the line “you’ve fallen cold and dead” is now directed at the Captain, which emphasizes the denial of the speaker of his Captain’s death by speaking to him as if he were alive. In the last stanza, the speaker comes to reality with his Captain’s death. All of the imagery in the stanza portrays death. Lips being pale and still, not feeling his arm, having no pulse, and having no will all point directly toward death. In this excerpt, In the last lines of the poem, the speaker talks about how the rest of the nation should rejoice in the military victory, but how he will continue to mourn the Captain. In the last two lines of the poem, the speaker acknowledges that his Captain is indeed dead, and will mourn him.

| Posted on 2010-11-16 | by a guest


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This poem is an allusion to Abraham Lincoln and basically talks about how the war is over and everyone is celebrating, but Lincoln is dead. By the way, I believed I spelled everything correctly =).

| Posted on 2010-10-26 | by a guest


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This poem is a big huge metaphor. people me nice to other people.

| Posted on 2010-10-25 | by a guest


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My 8th grade accelerated English Language Arts class was assigned this for a socratic text. This meand that this all needs to be annotated(scribbled with questions, anything that catches your eye, or out of the ordinary.) We need to write at a Flesch Kincaid Grade Level of 13.5 at least for every paper. This poem is easier than usual because it is written in LME.
~another other 8th grader

| Posted on 2010-10-18 | by a guest


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The poem �O Captain, my Captain� is made up of many metaphors about Abraham Lincoln and his era. In the first four lines, the �captain� is Abraham Lincoln, the �ship� is America, and the �fearful trip� is the civil war. Beginning the stanza with �O Captain, my Captain� the speaker seems to be both addressing his Captain and talking to himself about his Captain. The �prize we sought is won� is the victory that the union achieved in the civil war. �The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting� is a reference to the fact that because the war is won, the people are happy and the end is near. The next four lines deliver the message of the �Captain�, Abraham Lincoln, falling dead after the victory. The repetition of �But O Heart! Heart! Heart!� portrays the speakers horror at the fact that his Captain has died, more so because of the repetition three times. �Bleeding drops of red� symbolize both the Captains wounds, and also the speakers wounded heart. The deck is the deck of the �ship� that is America. The deck of a ship is the front of the vessel, and the fact that the captain is laying on the deck shows that he is laying on the �front� of America. Also, these lines are a broken heroic couplet, which is a two lined rhymed verse written in iambic pentameter. The method that the lines are written is called hemistitchs and show the rhythm of the poem and portray emotional upheaval. In the second stanza, the speaker blends two distinct scenes: one where the crowds gather to celebrate the military victory of the captain, and the other the crowds mourning him as a fallen hero. The bells can be interpreted as both the bells of victory and the bells or a church in a funeral, as well as the bugle can be interpreted as military calls for victory or as taps, which is played at soldiers funerals. The bouquets and wreaths are both present in funerals and in celebration, as are the crowds. The people are both rejoicing in the victory and also mourning for Lincoln�s assassination. In the next section of iambic pentameter the speaker refers to his Captain for the first time as �father�. This puts Lincoln past the role of simply a military leader but also as a father figure, not only for individuals but also as the father of the new slave free country. In the second half of this segment, the speaker is almost going through denial about his Captain�s death, calling it a �dream�. Also, the line �you�ve fallen cold and dead� is now directed at the Captain, which emphasizes the denial of the speaker of his Captain�s death by speaking to him as if he were alive. In the last stanza, the speaker comes to reality with his Captain�s death. All of the imagery in the stanza portrays death. Lips being pale and still, not feeling his arm, having no pulse, and having no will all point directly toward death. In this excerpt, he talks about his Captain entirely in third person, as opposed to first person in previous verses. In the last lines of the poem, the speaker talks about how the rest of the nation should rejoice in the military victory, but how he will continue to mourn the Captain. In the last two lines of the poem, the speaker acknowledges that his Captain is indeed dead, and will mourn him.

| Posted on 2010-10-17 | by a guest


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The comments on this are amazing. I laughed for like 30 minutes at the sheer stupidity of them all. Stay in school kids. You\'re going to need it.
(I can tell they were all about 13, judging by the fact that they used the word \"retarded\" and the spelling\"
Just Saying.

| Posted on 2010-10-06 | by a guest


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\'O Captain! My Captain!\' was wrotten as part of a series of poems about President Lincoln\'s death.

| Posted on 2010-09-22 | by a guest


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in the poem o captain my captain, whitman is telling the story of the civil war through poetry.the poem is an extended metaphor poem written in 1865 concerning the death of president lincoln.
i could write more, i did a paper on this. if you need more, post it. i\'ll do it.
i\'m david sanchez from spain. thanks
if anyone needs help, feel free to ask ;)

| Posted on 2010-09-03 | by a guest


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Many of your comments were shocking. This poem is enchanting, its what ever you think it to be. It must be flattering as poetry is one to make you think, but there is no argument for none are of you are or will be correct. Just learn to be appreciative? Think about it.

| Posted on 2010-08-20 | by a guest


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Many of your comments were shocking. This poem is enchanting, its what ever you think it to be. It must be flattering as poetry is one to make you think, but there is no argument for none are of you are or will be correct. Just learn to be appreciative? Think about it.

| Posted on 2010-08-20 | by a guest




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