Walt Whitman

(1819 - 1892)

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About Walt Whitman's

Born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York, Walt Whitman was an American romanticist. He was influenced by Edgar Allan Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson and became an American poet, essayist and journalist. He taught himself because he became acquainted with the works of Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and the Bible. Walt Whitman died doing what he loved on March 26, 1892 and lived to be 72 years old.

o' Captain! O' 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 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,

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;

Exult O shores, and ring O bells!

But I with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

Source: Leaves of Grass (David McKay, 1891)


T- Maybe it connects to a sort of chain in command by who they refer to someone as their captain.

P- Talks about when they assassinated Abraham Lincoln.

C- +: Exulting, won, safe, -: bleeding, mournful, cold and dead, fearful

A- Sorrow

S- Shift at "daring; But" because they are celebrating a victory but the mood changes as they focus on the president lying on the floor.

T- "O' Captain!" connects to the poem because the captain is Abraham Lincoln and the "O" represents the outcry of the people.


Romantic Music

Kreisler - Liebesleid

Kreisler- Liebesleid

Walt Whitman most likely would have liked this song because it could have been connected to the story of "I Sit and Look Out." If you listen to when the violin starts to change it's melody and go into kind of a sway, you really start to think. I believe if you read the poem while listening to this tune, you will have the same mentality that Whitman was trying to give to his audience.
Stephen Foster - Beautiful Dreamer

Stephen Foster- Beautiful Dreamer

Whitman would have liked this song because you can refer it to "O' Captain! O' Captain!" In the song the singer sings "Beautiful dreamer awaken to me." That is what Whitman talked about in his poem, how he kept repeating "Rise up" to his captain who was there lying cold. It has the attitude of sadness for the one who is at rest.