Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

O Captain! My Captain! - Poem by Walt Whitman

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.

Form: Elegy

Comments about O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

  • Bronze Star - 2,330 Points Thomas Case (11/30/2015 9:28:00 AM)

    our fateful trip is through....he put free verse on the map, it's my favorite form. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 231 Points Vivek Mishra (10/27/2015 11:53:00 AM)

    well, whitman is my captain :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 60 Points Master Satyam (10/27/2015 8:22:00 AM)

    Ended reading it so loud that the walls of my enclosement, deafened. Proud to share my birthdate with the legend. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points robert smith (10/26/2015 10:05:00 PM)

    I must have dreamt it......I recall reading (Along with the Charge of the light Brigade a poem by Tennyson Oh Captain, my Captain (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 233 Points Tom Navarro (10/26/2015 2:36:00 AM)

    A Classic, a declamation piece well remembered. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 351 Points Ogunlade John (9/30/2015 12:16:00 PM)

    a nice poem, colliding tension and suspense, good work. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,323 Points Ovi-enita Odiete (9/29/2015 5:52:00 AM)

    Great poetry with depths and heights (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 109 Points Sunny Nathan E. (9/1/2015 3:07:00 AM)

    Something very original here...keep it up (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,008 Points * Sunprincess * (8/29/2015 6:55:00 AM)

    ..............a wonderful poem and my favorite of Whitman's ★ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 55 Points Amulya Sharma Freelancer (8/21/2015 12:38:00 PM)

    The meaning is beautiful. Keep up the good work :) (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 801 Points Hemendra Singh Deopa (8/16/2015 3:34:00 PM)

    Wonderful, amazing, meaningful... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Blake Hawthorn (8/15/2015 5:37:00 AM)

    Such a meaningful poem (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,330 Points Thomas Case (8/10/2015 4:19:00 PM)

    Fantastic poem......great Elegy! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 120 Points Randy Hogan (7/23/2015 2:41:00 PM)

    That reading is so incredible! :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 26,789 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (7/21/2015 8:17:00 AM)

    I salute the captain of the world, Abraham Lincoln, who eradicated slavery from the world and I also salute Walt Whitman for writing this great elegy. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 613 Points Frankie Wills (7/9/2015 9:15:00 AM)

    I love this poem, one of my all time favourites: first read it in a poetry anthology.So brilliantly written. Makes me cry everytime. Great to read aloud. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 106 Points Vasudevan Desikachari (7/9/2015 5:08:00 AM)

    A truly remarkable poem on the return of a triumphant ship after an adventurous journey-returned with its intended bounty, sadly however, without its master, the captain, who seems to have laid his life a sacrifice! for the safe return of its ship whose arrival at the shore is anticipated by men of all ranks.Only a Whitman could write a poem like this.I salute him for his remarkable ability. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,225 Points Kinyua Karanja (7/9/2015 5:06:00 AM)

    It's terrible as i can see the captain who is no more is the father of the persona. Very sad. A good Elegy. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,053 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:47:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to., (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 469 Points Gauri Sharma (6/13/2015 6:06:00 AM)

    an emotionally expressed poem with all the words that go just perfect...absolutely amazing (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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