The poem O Captain! My Captain! was about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Although Whitman had never met Lincoln, Whitman wrote in such great detail that you would believe he was standing next to Lincoln when he was killed.
In Walt Whitman’s poem Oh Captain! My Captain! He talks about the death of America’s commander and chief, Abraham Lincoln. Whitman published this poem in his book of poems about the civil war causing him to become one of a handful of people to be the only ones who did not participate in the war, but wrote about it. In fact, Whitman uses various metaphors to tell of the death of Abraham Lincoln to the common people of the Union.
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. When compared to almost all of Whitman’s other poems, “O Captain! My Captain!” stands out in that the structure and style implemented in the poem do not offer a fair representation of Whitman’s usual writing. The poem garnered much appreciation and commendation, although Whitman did not enjoy the compliments because they had never applied to his regular poetry, and remains popular and well-known even to this day. Because Lincoln’s death reverberated through the United States, Whitman utilizes conceit and allusions, regular end-rhyme, stanzas, and meter in “O Captain! My Captain!” to connect all the people in the United States in mourning a fat...
Walt Whitman lived during the time of the American Civil War and knew people who were part of the American Revolution. He lived in a time when slavery and the rights of African Americans were top issues. He opposed slavery and he wrote poems about the importance of America and in fighting for what is right. He admired Abraham Lincoln and wrote the poem “O Captain! My Captain!” to honor Abraham Lincoln. This poem became one of his most famous literary works.
Additionally, “O’ Captain, My Captain” is a famous poem written by Walt Whitman. However, instead of being about major life decisions, “O’ Captain, My Captain” is about the Civil War and the death of Abraham Lincoln. In the first line, Walt Whitman writes, “our fearful trip is done”. That
O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman illustrates the true meaning of life, and how living a fuller life should be one's primary goal even in the midst of difficult times. Whitman reflects on the “poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds” he sees around him. In the first stanza, Whitman includes the essence of the “sordid” crowd to indicate its sorrowful factors. By focusing on the evil’s that surround him, Whitman is asking himself if his life is even worth living. In the second stanza, Whitman dares to answer his own question by exhibiting how the “play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” Revealing his answer to the question entitles the people to know that even though difficult times surround them, their lives will continue and
I have read a few Walt Whitman poems, and common themes among the ones I have read seem to be celebration of individuals, and patriotism. Both of those themes are expressed in his 1860 poem “I Hear America Singing.” This is an eleven-line, single-stanza poem where Whitman talks about hearing the “carols” of everyday America, from mechanics, carpenters, shoemakers, boatmen, and mothers. He says they are “Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else” (Whitman 882). His tone seems to be one of admiration for those who do this work, and encourages them to take pride in it. Whitman’s word choice includes repeating the same word to start most of the lines and
Walt Whitman is one the best poets in the history of America. He is mainly celebrated for trying to create an American identity of poetry by not applying the traditional elements, such as rhymes, only. In his work Song of Myself, one of the striking elements is the idea of ‘self’, which he uses to promote the principle of self-appreciation and also harmonization of individual and universal
The first part of this poem is a painful description of the loneliness of this sailor, is incredible the state of anguish and suffering that the author transmitted just using imagery alliteration, and metaphor . For example the author during his description used strong word to emphasize the state of suffering that this poor sailor was subordinated like “terrible-tossing” (alliteration)
The poem that I read was “Titanic”. The poet of this poem is David R Slavitt, who is a writer, poet, translator, and the author of over 100 books. When I first read the title of the poem, I remembered the incident on April 15, 2016 in which the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with iceberg during its maiden voyage. The poem reveals that due to the popularity of the Titanic, not many people would pass up the chance to passage on the ship.