(1819 - 1892)
About Walt Whitman's
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)
P- Talks about when they assassinated Abraham Lincoln.
C- +: Exulting, won, safe, -: bleeding, mournful, cold and dead, fearful
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.
Charles Joseph Grips- A Sculley Maid (1866)
This painting was created around the same time of Walt Whitman poem, "I Hear America Singing." In the poem, Whitman describes the lifestyles of everyday people and describes how each person is "singing what belongs to him or her and to none else." This picture represents a young maid who seems to be washing which is referred in the poem, "The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing.." It gives us a visual of the type of work a young wife may have had.
Feuerbach- Nanna (1860)
This painting connects with the poem, "I Sit and Look Out" by Walt Whitman because it gives a visual representation of a couple of lines he wrote. For example, the women in the picture describes "I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, dying, neglected, gaunt, desperate." Also "I see the wife misused by her husband." The picture reminds me of a sad woman who is maybe heart broken due to her having her hand over her chest and therefor it speaks what Whitman was describing as what he saw. Women who are misused or not treated the right way.
Currier & Ives: The Farmer's Home-Harvest, Circa (1860)
In the poem, "A Farm- Picture," Whitman describes "an open door of the peaceful country barn, A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding;" Basically this picture describes exactly that. It has a barn that is behind the house and has horses and cattle that are grazing. Also it shows the sunlight in the background and it gives a peaceful feel to it.