This poem is considered an elegy, also known as a mourning poem. This also helps support the idea that he wrote the poem while mourning the death of Abraham Lincoln. The whole poem takes place on the deck of a ship as the ship is approaching the port of their home town. The narrator hears the celebrating people ashore and he hears bells ringing in celebration of their return when suddenly he sees his captain fall dead. The narrator is obviously upset by this and he cries out to his captain to 'rise up and hear the bells ' and to see the flag that has been flown for him.
Everything around him and the captain was peaceful and safe, but the person he looks up to is dead in deed. This poem is ended with “ But I with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lied, Fallen cold and dead.” This seems to him overcoming the captain’s death and trying to move on. It makes the mood more deeply sad. This poem is all for Abraham Lincoln. Whitman wrote it to honor Lincoln and it became the most popular poem of him.
My Capitan!” is the theme of patriotism. Throughout the poem, Whitman conveys his love for his country and for President Lincoln as he states, “For you they call, the swinging mass, their eager faces turning” (Song of Myself). The people including Whitman look towards their Captain to cheer him on for leading the country through the war, but their Capitan is dead. Another theme throughout the poem is mourning. Whitman wrote the poem as an elegy for President Abraham Lincoln after he was assassinated.
Owen is saying that everyone deserves a funeral especially all these war heroes that have given up their life. There is no dignity here even in death. In the long and tedious four years that the Great War lasted, 1914-1918, the world saw some very extreme poetry. There were three main aspects of poetry; recruitment poems for example Jessie Popes who's for the game and some very heroic poetry such as brooks 'peace' and along with reality poems, such as exposure and disabled by Wilfred Owen. The Great War affected many people's families and lives, and to me this seems that all the Great War poets found this to convey their feelings and emotions to the world.
The example the poem itself uses is the captain of the ship leading his crew through perilous weather and conditions on the sea, but still getting them through it. However, he may have got his crew through the journey, but he himself is overcome by the burden. The poem is written in a way that it could almost be sung like a song. The entire poem is an allusion to the assassination of President Lincoln. The first stanza of the poem is sort of a rise and fall in happiness.
We all have our own opinion and read his work differently. My opinion of one of Poe’s writing is about his poem “A Dream”. Poe writes this poem to share his dreams of dying and whether or not he believes in Jesus and follows Jesus religiously. Edgar Allan Poe was a great poet back in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, Poe only died in 1849 at the age of forty; there have been questions about what actually killed Poe.
But at the same time, there are underlying burdens of grief that the war brings. Whitman describes the postwar era with a pervading irony within the poem; although “the prize we sought is won,” the true reality of the situation reflects a phyrric victory (Line 2). The narrator’s “mournful tread” on the deck of the ship becomes symbolic for the United States, as the Sout... ... middle of paper ... ...orates the death of the Captain, Tennyson discusses crossing into the realm of the afterlife with a stoic calmness, which ultimately leads a solitary death. However, both poets seem to realize their own mortality and that death is an indestructible force. While Tennyson’s everyday narrator treats “crossing the bar” as another symbolic stage of the human existence, the beloved Captain is ironically unable to defeat it despite what horrors he may have overcome at sea.
This affected his view of death and he wrote about it in his poetry. When one reads "A Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night" they can see the immense pain that not only the soldiers felt, but also Whitman. In this poem Whitman is describing his experiences with the soldiers during th... ... middle of paper ... ... The Night in silence under many a star, The ocean shore and the husky whispering wave whose voice I know, And the soul turning to thee O vast and well-veil'd death, And the body gratefully nestling close to thee. (155-159) Here Whitman seems to be celebrating death.
As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization, and he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that changed the war into a battle for freedom and declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy. That November, Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address, which stated how a country must be dedicated to human freedom in order to survive. He dedicated the battlefield to the soldiers who had perished, and called on the living to finish the task the dead soldiers had begun. (Donald, 1995) Lincoln believed that democracy could be a lasting form of government.
Whitman writes “The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,/ From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;” noting that the people were not only celebrating the end of the war but the accomplishments of their great leader (19-20). The cake, decorated as an American flag, represents how America has fought through tough times and dealt with loss to make America what it is today. In the poem “O Captain! My Captain!”, Whitman creates different emotions through his use of symbolism. One wants