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O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! My Captain! - Figures of Speech, Important Lines and Appreciation Questions

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 o 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,

For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths – for you the shores 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;

Exult, O shores! and ring, O bells!

But I, with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

– Walt Whitman

Alliteration:

 SENTENCE
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won  v
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting  p
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring  v
Rise up – for you the flag is flung – for you the bugle trills  f
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning  t
It is some dream that on the deck  d
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will f, n
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done  s
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won  f

 

Allusion:

 SENTENCEREFERENCE
Here, Captain! dear father!

 

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will

Father here refers to Abraham Lincoln. The assassination of   Abraham Lincoln and the victory of American civil war is referred throughout the poem.

 

Metaphor

 SENTENCE
O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won
O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells
Here, Captain! dear father

 

Anaphora:

SENTENCE
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

for you the flag is flung – for you the bugle trills,

For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths – for you the shores crowding,

For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Exult, O shores! and ring, O bells

 

Repetition:

SENTENCE
O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done
But O heart! heart! heart!

 

Apostrophe:

SENTENCE
But O heart! heart! heart!
Rise up – for you the flag is flung – for you the bugle trills
Exult, O shores! and ring, O bells!

 

Rhyme SchemeRhyme Words
aabb done, won; exulting, daring; bells, trills; crowding, turning;  still, will; done, won;
abcbRed, dead; head, dead;
ababBells, lies; tread, dead;

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