Oh Captain! My Captain! by Walt WhitmanIncluded in the 1867 printing of Leaves of Grass its an elegy to the fallen Abraham Lincoln. It reflects the writers sadness and even despair at the death of the president and also reflects the feelings of much of the country.
The poem metaphorically speaks of the recent Civil War/States War as a stormy sea the Captain has steered the ship (of state) through and safely to port. As all the people rejoice the writer walks the deck mourning his fallen captain.
One of many poems on the subject at the time it speaks well and carries the feeling of the events.
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
O Captain! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. This arm beneath your head! But I with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. My Captain! It was first published in in a pamphlet named Sequel to Drum-Taps.
The entire poem itself provides extended metaphor that implies comparisons between seemingly dissimilar things, for the U. O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. O Captain!
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