Whitman wrote the poem as an elegy for President Abraham Lincoln after he was assassinated. He wrote the poem in honor of Lincoln who fought for America to stay united and fought for the abolishment of slavery through the Civil War. Whitman’s admiration for Lincoln shines through the poem as an overall theme. Whitman shows his gratitude and admiration by often referring to Lincoln as “My father” (Song of Myself). The overall themes throughout the poem “O Capitan!
Martin Gutierrez Ms. Hedrick English 2nd Period May 16, 2014 Poetic Explication of “O Captain! My Captain!” The poem “O Captain! My Captain!” is a mourning poem or elegy and it was written by Walt Whitman in 1865 during the time of the Civil War. Whitman admired President Lincoln and this poem was written to honor him after he was assassinated and to also celebrate the victory for America in the Civil War. The poetic devices used are apostrophe, metaphors, repetition, and symbolism.
The title in itself “On My First Son” similarly conveys the speaker’s personal relationship to the son he is mourning. Thus, it is this initial structure of the poem that establishes the conventions of the elegy. Furthermore, in considering meter and presentation, it can be realised that Jonson is conforming to the elegiac form, which is a significant achievement of this poem. For the majority of “On My First Son” Jonson is writing in the iambic pentameter, which is common to the elegy. As realised ... ... middle of paper ... ...curately portray a bittersweet account of his grief and inability to forget the death of his son.
Walt Whitman is one of the greatest poets in American history. He is an explicitly patriotic writer and believes poetry is a way of healing. His poem, “O Captain! My Captain!”, expresses his grief and the mourning of a nation in the loss of a great leader, President Abraham Lincoln. It became an elegy honoring Lincoln’s life and work, Whitman symbolically uses the image of a Captain to show the admiration, devotion, and love that he and the nation felt for Lincoln.
The poet conveys his deep admiration for the achievements of Abraham Lincoln. Whitman shares his form by using a physical way of laying out and his attitude through the use of sound devices such as the iambic meter and the use of amphibrach. He also used repetition as a part of his sound device, to give reader more insight of the sorrow emotions that he has regarding Abraham Lincoln. Whitman uses the iambic meter of his poem to convey the intensity of his admiration for Abraham Lincoln. He uses mainly iambic meter in his poem but breaks from it when announcing Lincoln's name.
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. He wishes for his captain to celebrate with them but he cannot because he has ‘fallen cold and dead’. The poet uses metaphors, repetition, apostrophe, and rhythm in this poem. An example of the metaphor would be when Whitman writes ‘the prize we sought is won’ meaning that the outcome that Lincoln and his followers were fighting for with slavery has been achieved and they have what they wanted. An example of how Walt uses repetition when he starts each stanza with ‘Oh Captain!
He is angered that his captain won’t wake up and celebrate with him, but how can the captain when he is indeed dead. It isn’t until the third stanza that the speaker finally comes to terms with the fact that the captain is dead and will not be celebrating their victory with him. “My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still / My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will” (L17-18). The tone in the third stanza changes
This poem became really popular due to the poem describing an ordinary American citizen, and his patriotism towards the country.. Released in 1865 another one of Whitman’s big works was “O Captain! My Captain”, in which the captain refers to Abraham Lincoln, who Whitman considered a hero, and how an ideal leader should be.The death of Lincoln caused Whitman to lament, and write this poem. Whitman, in this poem, wants the American people to put trust in their leaders.Another one of Whitman’s classics was “I Hear America Singing”. Released in 1966, this poem by Whitman is about American pride.
Lynn Armstrong Composition II Illustration Essay 11 March, 2014 O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman was a 19th century American poet who changed the rules for writing poetry. He is one of my favorite poets because he was bold enough to openly talk about sexuality and same sex couples in his works during a time where such things were looked down upon and even banned. He also aided the nation to understand and face the grief they felt after the loss of a respectable and loved authority figure.
In his speech, Lincoln explained that our nation was fighting the Civil War to see if we would survive as a country. Although his initial intensions of the Civil War were to maintain the Union of our country, in the end the Civil War focused on ending slavery. It is this focus that is believed to have been the reason for his assassination. Works Cited http://www.history.com/topics/abraham-lincoln-assassination http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-wilkes-booth-shoots-abraham-lincoln http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2967.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h1549.html http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln87.html http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/24242