poet Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

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O Captain! My Captain!


O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.


My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Form: Elegy


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  • Mamunur Rahman KayesMamunur Rahman Kayes (11/8/2019 9:57:00 PM)

    O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done...my childhood verse.

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  • Jaden Appleby (11/4/2019 11:27:00 AM)

    Such a good poem one of my favorites i just love this poem to death sooooo good also shout out ashton gibbs bc he is my homie go check out gibbs8gaming on youtube i promise you wont regret it

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  • Beryl JacobBeryl Jacob (10/28/2019 12:50:00 PM)

    oh captain my captain, so sad to hear he has fallen cold and death

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  • Valen (9/30/2019 8:10:00 AM)

    Oh captain...

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/16/2019 1:46:00 AM)

    My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
    My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;

    great write; great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Elrie (5/14/2019 11:23:00 PM)

    The story of a fallen leader; the captain of a ship that has been through battle. The symbolism is of the Civil War and the captain that has won the battle but doesn't get to bask in glory is Abraham Lincoln. Very sad.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/7/2019 4:17:00 AM)

    mastermind art this poem is for an Elegy

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (4/27/2019 12:50:00 PM)

    A great tribute to a brave and courageous Captain of a ship which had to pass through a tumultuous waves and a hostile weather but braved all adverse situations to reach its destination. But, ironically he had to sacrifice his life in this endeavor. Thanks a lot.

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  • Sreelakshmi RevikumarSreelakshmi Revikumar (11/29/2018 9:19:00 AM)

    But I with a fearful mournful tread... The choice of words are just fabulous

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  • T Rajan Evol (11/1/2018 11:36:00 AM)

    Ah ha whenever I read it, I feel like going on a long sea tour.

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  • Gerald Van Horn (8/22/2018 6:37:00 PM)

    My best friend lies some where in the military service he so loved and gave everything for America. This is what this wonderful poem is to me. To see him one more time would be a blessing

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/12/2018 3:48:00 AM)

    My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
    My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;

    o deadly description- horrible scene

    I am the last trip
    speed of tortoise
    coward viewer
    twinkle wink
    with weary ink of heart and tired brain
    has written all....!

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  • sonawane atul (5/31/2018 8:32:00 PM)

    Please give me a preparation of this poem twins written by henry sambrook leigh

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/31/2018 5:05:00 AM)

    Here Captain! dear father!
    This arm beneath your head;
    It is some dream that on the deck,
    You've fallen cold and dead.

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  • Mrk M Neumann (5/15/2018 10:01:00 PM)

    That is horrible that you would use a mechanical voice to recite those lines. Do even respect

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  • Arlene C. (5/13/2018 9:39:00 AM)

    One of the first poems I learned in 3rd grade. Heart felt, sorrowful, respectful poem. 'They' don't write them like this today; it's a shame.

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  • anonymous (5/12/2018 8:27:00 AM)

    extremely bad poem....... I hate it........worst poem ever heard.......I think Whitman was mad when he wrote this poem

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  • Dimple (5/4/2018 9:51:00 AM)

    Ver nice poem

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