Poem Analysis: O Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman

755 words - 4 pages

The poem basically tells a story about the death of the captain of a ship men crew. The speaker of the poem is a sailor of the ship crew. He grieves mournfully about the death of his respectfully captain. Gloomy and dreary atmospheres are vividly sensed throughout the poem as the speaker lamenting the captain’s death.
The poem begins with the speaker calling out his captain that they have finally made it home after their “fearful trip”. The boat is in sight of land and the people in the shore watch as it approaches, cheering and ringing church bells. However, as it approaches the shore, the boat is described as “grim and daring”, as if the speaker warns that something terrible is going to ...view middle of the document...

The “face” in “eager faces” is used to represent the whole attitude of excitement toward the captain. Same is true with “the shores” as it is used to symbolize the whole land, not just the shore as the closest land to the sea. Finally, “his lips are pale and still” is representing the general state of death.
Another figurative language applied in this poem is apostrophe. Apostrophe is a kind of personification in which a person calls out to something or someone who isn’t there or can’t answer you back. Apostrophe can be seen in stanza 2, “O heart! heart! heart!”, as heart can’t answer the speaker. “O Captain! My Captain!” in stanza 3 is also an apostrophe, since the captain has already described “fallen cold and dead”. Lastly, “Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!”, as neither shores nor bells are actually alive.
Sound device that is used in this poem is rhyme. The rhyme pattern is aabb-xcxc. The end of each line of the last two stanzas in the following are colored with different colors to mark the rhyme.
My Captain does...


Journey Theme in Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain! and Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar

1174 words - 5 pages at sea after his beloved Captain dies. In Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar,” the speaker is beckoned by the sea and its soundlessness even though he senses foredoom there. And so, although both Whitman and Tennyson employ a voyage at sea as the predominant image and metaphor within similar structural frameworks, they do differ in how they represent the journey and depict the tone of the poem. In “O Captain! My Captain!” uses the

This essay is about the close reading of the poem. Oh captain my captain

783 words - 3 pages fighting a war, though it was rough the Union came out on top. The last four lines of the poem conclude Whitman's description of grief: Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells! But, I with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. (21-24) Everyone is rejoicing due to the out come of the war. Whitman is glad the war is over, but also continues to grieve the loss of his "father. E

Walt Whitman Poem

655 words - 3 pages Walt Whitman’s poem Time to Come explores Whitman’s curiosity of what happens when people die. Rather than taking a pessimistic approach, his writing is more insightful about the experience. The title alone introduces an aspect of his purpose; to point out that dying is inevitable. With Whitman captures the reader’s attention and shares his curiosity with vivid images, sophisticated diction, and his use of metaphor and personification in Time

War Poems: Compare and contrast a Pre-1900 war poem with a Post 1900 War Poem. (The two used here are "Come Up From The Fields Father" by Walt Whitman and "War Photographer" by Carol Anne Duffy

1221 words - 5 pages ENGLISH COURSEWORK - WAR POEMSThe first poem is a pre-1900 poem written by Walt Whitman. It is called "Come Up From The Fields Father". This poem tells the story of how a family hear the news that their son has been wounded in battle. Firstly it describes his sister receiving the letter and calling for her father and mother. The poet then goes on to describe the settings of the farm and the background to it."Where apples ripe in the orchards

Walt Whitman Analysis

1154 words - 5 pages the Camps Today,” and “This Dust Was Once the Man.” In “O Captain! My Captain!” Whitman describes Lincoln as the “captain” (1) and America as the “ship” (2) With this reference, Whitman shows that Lincoln was a good leader and he helped to bring the Union victory over the Confederacy. Also in this poem, Whitman describes America’s reaction to Lincoln’s death “Fallen cold and dead” (8) Whitman also describes how America looked up to Lincoln as a

"Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman

967 words - 4 pages Analysis of Imagery"Beat! Beat! Drums!"The Civil War had a major impact on the people of America through the years of 1861 to 1865. Walt Whitman, a poet and Northerner of this time, wanted to capture the people's reactions of the war after finding out it was not going to end as quickly as they had anticipated. Whitman illustrated how the people, especially Northerners, changed throughout this conflict; he achieved this by using countless images

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

1493 words - 6 pages family passed on to Walt, and, as Miller notes, could also be seen later in his famous "sea-poem". "Out of the cradle endlessly rocking, Out of the mocking-bird's throat, the musical shuttle, Out of the Ninth-month midnight… Passage to more than India! Of secret of the earth and sky! Of you o waters of the sea! O winding creeks and rivers!… O day and night, passage to you!' (Whitman 180-294) …His use of 'thee' and 'thou' in

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

1627 words - 7 pages In his first anthology of poems entitled “Song of Myself”, Walt Whitman reveals some of his views on democracy through the use of symbolism and free verse poetry. His use of symbolism and free verse poetry creates indeterminacy, giving the reader hints rather than answers about the nature of the poem. In the sixth part of “Song of Myself”, a child asks the narrator of the poem, “What is the grass?” (Whitman). Instead of simply giving an answer

"Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman

876 words - 4 pages "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman Recurring Images and Motifs in "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" In the poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman, there are many recurring images and motifs that can be seen. Whitman develops these images throughout the course of the poem. The most dominant of these are the linear notion of time, playing roles, and nature. By examining these motifs and tracing their development

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

2900 words - 12 pages Burns by New England authorities” (11). One year later, Whitman would add “I sing my Body Electric” to Leaves of Grass, a poem depicting a slave auction (Greenspan, 11). To Whitman, democratic art must be both political and popular (Pascal, 48). For Whitman, in order for art to be political and popular it would have to be useful. This sentiment runs parallel to Marxist ideas of use and exchange value. Marx’s thought that “the first premise of

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman

1055 words - 4 pages envision themselves into the settings he created- and to interpret them into modern language. By creating a path through the cities of the past, Whitman connects with his readers in a fascinating and deeply personal way. Whitman’s mastery of language and is apparent in the poem narrator’s ability to speak directly to those who will read his poetry, long after he has died. Whitman's obvious delight in nature is so great and awe inspiring that

Similar Essays

Walt Whitman (O, Captain, My Captain)

861 words - 3 pages hero grieved him. He felt it was a personal loss. His grief was so intense that he wrote four elegies on the death of the president in which Whitman found the symbol for the suffering and the death of so many soldiers he had witnessed." O, Captain! My Captain? " sounds the cry of the poet's broken heart over his hero's death. A cry and a grief that despite of their intensity are not expressed directly. Instead, they are expressed through the use

Emotions In O Captain! My Captain!" By Walt Whitman

1175 words - 5 pages The poem, "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman re-imagines the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by using emotions filled with shock and regret of losing a father figure. Walt Whitman has a patriotic attitude towards this poem as he describes Abraham Lincoln and all that he did for America by using imagery to develop a scene similar to the reality. The poet conveys his deep admiration for the achievements of Abraham Lincoln. Whitman shares

A Poem Analysis: "A Noiseless Patient Spider" By Walt Whitman

1640 words - 7 pages space" brings avivid image into my mind about being lost in this world (Schakel). This poem to me represents a social problem. In the criticisms that I read I found some things about Whitman's sexual preference (Haralson). This poem could be entirely about Whitman searching for someone who would accept him. At the time, homosexuality was not largely accepted and would prove difficult for Whitman to be open about it. Many of the words used could

Divergence Into Tradition: Whitman’s Successful Conventionality In “O Captain! My Captain!”

725 words - 3 pages Divergence into Tradition: Whitman’s Successful Conventionality in “O Captain! My Captain!” President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination served as the tragic closing to the American Civil War. Walt Whitman, who idolized Lincoln because he felt that they shared the common goal of uniting the nation, wrote one of his most famous poems, “O Captain! My Captain!” as a lament, portraying the horror he felt after hearing of the loved president’s death