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  • Whitman's O Captain! My Captain! And Dickinson's Hope is a Thing with Feathers

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    Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" And Dickinson's "Hope is a Thing with Feathers" America experienced profound changes during the mid 1800’s. New technologies and ideas helped the nation grow, while the Civil War ripped the nation apart. During this tumultuous period, two great American writers captured their ideas in poetry. Their poems give us insight into the time period, as well as universal insight about life. Although polar opposites in personality, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman created

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

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    Journey Theme in Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain! and Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar The theme of a journey is a common metaphor used in poetry. This is no exception in two poems by famous poets of the 19th century: Walt Whitman and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. In Whitman’s poem “O Captain! My Captain!” from his collection Leaves of Grass, he writes of the sorrow over a fallen ship captain coming into the home harbor. Lord Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar” expresses the hopes on the departure of a journey

  • The Alegorical Nature of O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman to the Journey of Abraham Lincoln

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    Explication of “O Captain! My Captain!” “O Captain! My Captain!” is one of the most popular poems ever written by Walt Whitman. Upon the initial reading of this poem, one may perceive the poem to be about a loyal captain who leads his crew on a treacherous, but successful, voyage which ends in devastation. If interpreted literally this is the poem’s only meaning, but for those who look further there is an underlying story behind the words of Whitman. Whitman uses multiple literary elements throughout

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

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    Journey Theme in Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain! and Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar A man’s journey at sea has always been romanticized as an individualistic struggle against the backdrop of the cruel elements of nature. Paradoxically, though, within that same journey, the sea possesses an innate sense of timelessness that can become a man’s quest for God. In “O Captain! My Captain!” Walt Whitman describes the narrator’s sense of aimlessness at sea after his beloved Captain dies. In Lord Alfred Tennyson’s

  • Dealing with Death in Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain! and Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar

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    Dealing with Death in Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain! and Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar Life and death are recurring topics in literature; they are not often referred to directly, but are inferred from figurative language. In Walt Whitman’s poem entitled “O Captain! My Captain” from his anthology of poems, Leaves of Grass, he describes the passing of Abraham Lincoln through the use of an extended metaphor. Similarly, “Crossing the Bar,” by Lord Alfred Tennyson, from his collection of poetry

  • O Captain My Captain Analysis

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    My Captain!” was published in the second edition of Drum-taps in September, 1865 and was quite the departure from the author’s usual style of writing. Recognized for his long, free-verse lines, this work contained regular rhyme and meter, highly uncharacteristic

  • Analysis Of O Captain My Captain

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    “O captain! My Captain!” is written by Walt Whitman in 1865 in which is that the 16th president of the U.S., Abraham Lincoln, was shot to death. People at that time fell in deep sorrow for his death, Whitman also mourned the president Lincoln by writing a poem. So, overall mood in his work is very depressed, and have much esteem for the president in it. First of all, the poem is very exquisite and dramatic. It appeared imaginable as like I see the blood on the deck, a man crying. Also, from first

  • The Characteristics Of Heroism In 'O Captain ! My Captain'

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    better place even if it might personally affect them in some way. Towards the end of the poem, O Captain! My Captain!, Abraham Lincoln demonstrates selflessness when the text states, “Rise up- for you the flag is flung- for you the bugle trills… The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done: From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won” (Whitman). In the poem, the captain represents Abraham Lincoln, the trip represents the war to end slavery, and the ship represents

  • O Captain My Captain Poem Analysis

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    analysing the poetic devices used to explore the theme of death. O Captain! My Captain! Written in 1965 by one of America’s most important poets, Walt Whitman. Inspired by the death of American president Abraham Lincoln it is thought to be one of his most memorable and iconic poems. The second poem chosen is Funeral Blues written by WH Auden in 1940. Through the use of poetic techniques the poet of ‘Funeral Blues’ and ‘O Captain! My Captain!’ reflects upon the melancholic theme of death. The tone that

  • O Captain My Captain Poem Analysis

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    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. This poem brings