O captain my captain our fearful trip is done walt whitman is americas world poet a latter day successor to homer virgil dante and shakespeare. O captain my captain our fearful trip is done the ship has weatherd 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 our fearful trip is done this poem is in the public domain born on may 31 1819 walt whitman is the author of leaves of grass and along with emily dickinson is considered one of the architects of a uniquely american poetic voice more walt whitman . O captain my captain is a poem written by walt whitman in 1865 the poem is classified as an elegy because it is a mourning poem that was written in the memory of someone the poem was written to honor abraham lincoln the 16th president of the united states. O captain my captain is an extended metaphor poem written in 1865 by walt whitman about the death of american president abraham lincoln the poem was first published in the pamphlet sequel to drum taps which assembled 18 poems regarding the american civil war including another lincoln elegy when lilacs last in the dooryard bloomdit was included in whitmans comprehensive collection
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