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O Captain! My Captain!


O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
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  • Ramesh T A (7/2/2010 2:13:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem about the successful journey of a ship with captain's efforts till death is very well depicted here!

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  • Andre Jose Surigao (3/20/2010 1:42:00 AM)

    From all of his poem, this was the best. Even without a rhyme or a meter its still turn out to be great. My favorite poem.

  • Candace Johnson (3/14/2010 2:07:00 PM)

    I love this poem. I have loved since the first time I read it in the 8th grade. The emotion shown is amazing. I also like how it shows both sides of the issue. Joy from the victory and sadness from the death of the leader that led them to victory.

  • Matthew Kang (2/19/2010 10:22:00 AM)

    Exemplary piece of literature. I like that I can relate this to President Lincoln. Do you see how the captain and Lincoln are similar?

  • Kevin Straw (7/2/2009 6:07:00 AM)

    How much more effect Whitman is when he is working within a form! May I ask your contributors to note the date of death of the poets presented in this space before they treat them as still alive!

  • Jahanvi ....................... (7/2/2009 4:06:00 AM)

    d poem is excellently written and theme is brought out beautifully

  • Queeny Gona (7/2/2009 2:45:00 AM)

    this is a master piece dedicated to late Abraham lincoln

  • Aiswarya. T.anish (4/18/2009 10:57:00 AM)

    This poem is so excellent. I didn't know the history of this poem till now. It was written for Abraham Lincoln after his death. You are indeed a great poet.

  • Julia Wakeman (2/19/2009 9:49:00 PM)

    This is such an epic poem. I think that it has deserve the popularity it has gained.
    The history of the poem is so interesting, (being written for Abraham Lincoln after his death) . Also the poem has such great emotion, you see the horror that he feels by finding his captain 'on the deck... fallen cold and dead.'

  • Delilah Miller (7/2/2008 2:16:00 AM)

    It's not just a man. Whitman wrote this for Abraham Lincoln, after his assassination when the country's only steadfast leader was gone and the country was in ruins. Plus, it's the father of American poetry that launched the beat movement and was pretty damn important because American education went down the drain.

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