Walt Whitman

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

O Captain! My Captain! - Poem by Walt Whitman


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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Form: Elegy


Comments about O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

  • 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! (Report) Reply

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  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • 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

  • (7/2/2009 4:06:00 AM)


    d poem is excellently written and theme is brought out beautifully (Report) Reply

  • Queeny Gona (7/2/2009 2:45:00 AM)


    this is a master piece dedicated to late Abraham lincoln (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • (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.'
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  • (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

  • (2/4/2008 8:54:00 PM)


    Calm down. He's just a man. (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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.
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  • (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

  • 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

  • (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

  • (3/15/2006 10:41:00 PM)


    I don' t see how this is bad. Can someone explain? (Report) Reply



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