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

  • (1/8/2018 5:22:00 AM)

    Yo we were memorizing this poem its kinda hard to memorize the 3rd stanza but its a great poem☺☺ (Report) Reply

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  • (11/13/2017 2:27:00 PM)

    O what a great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Suman Pokhrel (10/22/2017 5:31:00 AM)

    Here Captain! dear father!
    This arm beneath your head;
    It is some dream that on the deck,
    You've fallen cold and dead.

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  • Sase Vardhni (10/20/2017 12:46:00 PM)

    This poem was learnt during my school days. Grade V. The poem was just memorized.
    Now, I read the poem again. I wish he was here now to converse with at least for these lines
    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:

    On reading between lines, I wonder what should have been the state of mind of the poet while penning down :)
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  • Michael Hopkins (10/2/2017 7:52:00 AM)

    Whitman was not just a great poet but a mystic. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/4/2017 9:44:00 AM)

    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;
    A great tragic yet touching poem.
    Job is well done prior to death.
    Nice poem.
    Thanks poet.
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  • (4/30/2017 2:33:00 AM)

    An excellent poem (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/22/2017 6:27:00 PM)

    Touching poem........ (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2017 8:25:00 AM)

    O captain!
    I have listened to this poem more than a hundred time.
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  • (3/29/2017 10:59:00 PM)

    Out of the 500 Best Poems, this is one of the ones I hate the least! (Report) Reply

  • Bill Cantrell (3/11/2017 5:42:00 PM)

    And so now the poet is dead after his poem has sailed into fame, he greets the captain ironically death has the last laugh, I love this poem and am fascinated with the poets of yesteryear (Report) Reply

  • Ash Frost (2/18/2017 9:33:00 PM)

    i like this because i learnt in my syllabus (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/11/2017 6:47:00 AM)

    Great poem!
    Well communicated.

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  • Chayan Sarkar (1/17/2017 12:38:00 AM)

    Very lucid
    ..........oh captain...
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  • Tom Allport (12/31/2016 3:59:00 PM)

    tom allport
    a sense of achievement is devalued by the sense of loss, very sad. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Ryland (12/29/2016 4:27:00 PM)

    Mourning the death of Abraham Lincoln. Whitman here laments that his Captain is dead just as the ship has arrived in port. Lincoln was assassinated just days after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. Whitman served as a volunteer nurse during the war. Seeing the effects of battle, he was deeply affected. Whitman, through his epitaph of the fallen President, also paints the broader picture that, although the victory has been achieved, the dead remain dead. (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2016 3:12:00 AM)

    Wonderful (Report) Reply

  • (11/13/2016 12:36:00 AM)

    I have recite this poem, during my senior years because of the event at school called the English festival.
    Upon reciting the poem I do feel the pain, as if I was the one of the crew in the ship.
    Truly amazing.
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  • Annette Aitken (10/16/2016 12:07:00 PM)

    What a great write..full of visuals..paints a wonderful picture....very enjoyable read.

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  • Benitto Pavithran (8/30/2016 1:44:00 AM)

    Marvelous..one hell of a classic! (Report) Reply

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