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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.


Comments about O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

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

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

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  • Gold Star - 5,980 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

  • Rookie - 179 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

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Poems About Sea

  1. 1. O Captain! My Captain! , Walt Whitman
  2. 2. Dover Beach , Matthew Arnold
  3. 3. Young Sea , Carl Sandburg
  4. 4. Crossing The Bar , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  5. 5. By The Seaside : The Secret Of The Sea , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  6. 6. The Sea And The Hills , Rudyard Kipling
  7. 7. Or From That Sea Of Time , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. A Sea Dirge , Lewis Carroll
  9. 9. Beyond The Sea , Thomas Love Peacock
  10. 10. By The Sea , Sara Teasdale
  11. 11. The Dark, Blue Sea , George Gordon Byron
  12. 12. As If The Sea Should Part , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. The Sea Said 'Come' To The Brook , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. Break, Break, Break , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  15. 15. L'Homme Et La Mer (Man And The Sea) , Charles Baudelaire
  16. 16. An All-Night Sea Fight , William Topaz McGonagall
  17. 17. Over The Sea Our Galleys Went , Robert Browning
  18. 18. The Sea Spirit , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  19. 19. The Sea Took Pity , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  20. 20. The Sea Hold , Carl Sandburg
  21. 21. The Sea And The Skylark , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  22. 22. Across The Sea Along The Shore , Arthur Hugh Clough
  23. 23. Before The Squall , Arthur Symons
  24. 24. The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  25. 25. The Sea Diver , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  26. 26. The Sea Hath Its Pearls. (From The Germa.. , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  27. 27. The Sound Of The Sea , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  28. 28. The Sailor Boy , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  29. 29. The Sea-Wife , Rudyard Kipling
  30. 30. On The Sea , John Keats
  31. 31. Requiem , Robert Louis Stevenson
  32. 32. A Sailor's Song , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  33. 33. Sea Rose , Hilda Doolittle
  34. 34. To Sea! To Sea! , Thomas Lovell Beddoes
  35. 35. Sea Song , Allan Cunningham
  36. 36. The Mystic Blue , David Herbert Lawrence
  37. 37. The Spring Sea Rising , Yosa Buson
  38. 38. Christmas At Sea , Robert Louis Stevenson
  39. 39. Lassitude , Mathilde Blind
  40. 40. A Channel Crossing , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  41. 41. With Ships The Sea Was Sprinkled Far And.. , William Wordsworth
  42. 42. The Seafarer , Ezra Pound
  43. 43. The Pleasure Boat , Richard Henry Dana
  44. 44. On The Verge , William Winter
  45. 45. These Sea Slugs , Kobayashi Issa
  46. 46. Sailors For My Money , Martin Parker
  47. 47. A Life On The Ocean Wave , Epes Sargent
  48. 48. The Sea Is History , Derek Walcott
  49. 49. The Silent Sea , Debi Fields
  50. 50. Song For All Seas, All Ships , Walt Whitman
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