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O Captain! My Captain!

Walt Whitman

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Added by: jeky
The New York Herald of Saturday, April 15, 1865, carried an account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was shot at 9:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, 1865, while seated in a box at Ford's Theater. News of the attack reached the Herald by telegraph in time to make the first edition. Later editions issued during the day, reported on Lincoln's death and the swearing in of Vice President Andrew Johnson as president. Shown here is the 2:00 a.m. edition
Added by: Christopher
The Captain refers to Abraham Lincoln, while the Prize sought and won is the victory of the North over the South. The voyage closed signifies the end of the war.
Added by: Natalie
This poem makes me cry every time I read it. The way Whitman captures and expresses the emotion of the people is absolutely stunning.
Added by: custom
the poem speaks of the loss of any leader- exalted to a paternal role- suddenly even triumph is thwarted by the sheer tragedy of one man- replace captain with Lincoln or Kennedy or Ceasar and one finds whitman mourning and proud
Added by: hannah
you guys nailed it! yea, i dont no a whole lot about the poem but i love it and no that walt is speaking of president lincoln's assanation and the ship he has fallen dead upon is america
Added by: Andrea
i think this poem i really amazing.I love the way Whitman writes. I had to pick a poem to recite in my class and I found that this one was the perfet one. Great metaphors, well writen overall
Added by: mike counts
This poem is the simplest, most structured and repetitive poem that Walt Whitman ever wrote in his entire life. It was definitely meant for memorization. The metaphor of ship and captain sybolizes America and Lincoln, the captain. Like a ship without a captain, America without Lincoln is in a dangerous position near wreckage.
Added by: megan
the above posted analysis taught me a lot...thankyou!
whitman truly captured my attention and made me feel proud of my country!!
the poem is beautifully and tactfully allegorical!
or other kind of leader
Added by: Troels
I thought of Jesus! mainly because of "hear the bells" and that the fact that is death was so tightly connected with reaching the goal

Added by: Natalie
This is a good poem I had to read it for school and I really like how the comments are posted it helped me.

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