Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

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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  • Rookie 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? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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.' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Weldon Winn (1/9/2008 8:09:00 PM)

    Molaire, most of those who have poems on this site should be humble. In point of fact they should be ashamed to post their words as poetry. You are not even worthy to have your name on the same page as Walt Whitman. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mo. (7/2/2007 3:09:00 PM)

    Walt Witman is a great poet!
    I'm humbled to have poems on the same website as his. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (7/2/2007 9:56:00 AM)

    I hear ya Walt, poet of the justification and the painful sorrow. For you are the real captain whom all the world should praise and feel your magic light, Lorca has dedicated a whole poem for you... Too bad the deck where you lived is now controlled by forces unknown and misdemeanor....! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (7/23/2006 8:09:00 PM)

    A brilliant tale of bitter sweet victory... the storm is weathered except for the fate of the Captain. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Matt Rinck (3/22/2006 11:17:00 PM)

    The ship that has weather'd every rack is the Union, the fearful trip was The Civil War and the Captain was Abraham Lincoln. (Report) Reply

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