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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;
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.


Comments about O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

  • Veteran Poet - 1,026 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:47:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to., (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 272 Points Gauri Sharma (6/13/2015 6:06:00 AM)

    an emotionally expressed poem with all the words that go just perfect...absolutely amazing (Report) Reply

  • Rookie kylla gelaga (5/31/2015 10:03:00 AM)

    This poem is full of feels (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. O Captain! My Captain! , Walt Whitman
  2. 2. Because I Could Not Stop For Death (712) , Emily Dickinson
  3. 3. Annabel Lee , Edgar Allan Poe
  4. 4. And You As Well Must Die, Belovèd Dust , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  5. 5. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  6. 6. Crossing The Bar , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  7. 7. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  8. 8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep , Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. 9. The Little White Hearse , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  10. 10. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  11. 11. But Not Forgotten , Dorothy Parker
  12. 12. The Reaper And The Flowers , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  13. 13. For The Union Dead , Robert Lowell
  14. 14. When I Am Dead, My Dearest , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  15. 15. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  16. 16. A Happy Man , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  17. 17. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  18. 18. On Another's Sorrow , William Blake
  19. 19. Fear No More , William Shakespeare
  20. 20. To The Dead , Frank Bidart
  21. 21. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  22. 22. To An Athlete Dying Young , Alfred Edward Housman
  23. 23. A Parable Of Immortality , Henry Van Dyke
  24. 24. Farewell , Anne Brontë
  25. 25. Remember , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  26. 26. Away , James Whitcomb Riley
  27. 27. Requiem , Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. 28. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low , Walter Savage Landor
  29. 29. Elegy For Jane , Theodore Roethke
  30. 30. Remember Me , Margaret Mead
  31. 31. Question , May Swenson
  32. 32. Epitaph On William Muir , Robert Burns
  33. 33. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  34. 34. The Old Familiar Faces , Charles Lamb
  35. 35. Kaddish, Part I , Allen Ginsberg
  36. 36. On Death , Khalil Gibran
  37. 37. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  38. 38. If I Should Die , Thomas Gray
  39. 39. Resurrection , Vladimir Holan
  40. 40. The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  41. 41. A Farewell To Arms (To Queen Elizabeth) , George Peele
  42. 42. When I Die , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  43. 43. You'Ll Never Walk Alone , Oscar Hammerstein II
  44. 44. Epitaph On A Child , Thomas Gray
  45. 45. To Daffodils , Robert Herrick
  46. 46. His Pilgrimage , Sir Walter Raleigh
  47. 47. Gone From My Sight , Henry Van Dyke
  48. 48. Song Of Myself, Lii , Walt Whitman
  49. 49. A Ballade Of Suicide , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  50. 50. Sonnet 30: When To The Sessions Of Sweet.. , William Shakespeare
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