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Copy of O Captain! My Captain! Group Presentation

English 101B Group Poetry Presentation on "O Captain! my Captain!" by Walt Whitman
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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.
The Dead Poet's Society
Written by: Walt Whitman
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's wreaths–for you the shores a-crowding
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
The arm beneath your head!
It is some dream on that deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse or will,
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, it's 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.
Let's Explicate!
Referring to President Abraham Lincoln, the Leader of the Union
Civil War
Meatphor for the preservation of the Union
The United States
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.
United again, the people are coming closer together and celebrating
The narrator refers to the act of watching everything happening from the ship, losing sight of his captain for a moment, then looks back to finding his captain dead
The Assassination of President Lincoln
Narrator is in denial of the Captain's death, begging him to wake up as if he's only asleep
narrator calls to the captain to celebrate his victory as well
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's wreaths–for you the shores a-crowding
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
The arm beneath your head!
It is some dream on that deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.
Reference to Lincoln's relationship to the people - the people look up to him like a father in respect
The United States is united once more
The war is over
The soldiers have returned with victoriously
Narrator coming to terms with Lincoln's death
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse or will,
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, it's 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.
Freewrite!
Begin with the line: "O Captain! my Captain!" and choose one of the following topics:
What impact does this poem have on your thoughts of the Civil War?
In the "Dead Poet's Society" the boys looked up to Robin Williams' character as a great leader, who is your "Captain" in your life?
What impact do you think Walt Whitman's poem had back in the day when it was written?
Write your own poem beginning with "O Captain! My Captain!" addressing anyone you look up to
Presenting Time!
When presenting, you must stand up in your seat and proclaim "O Captain! My Captain!" and then read your freewrite aloud... don't be lame! Just do it! It'll be fun!
Sample First Paragraph
"The words of my books," said Walt Whitman, "are nothing, the drift of it everything." The various themes in Whitman's works are the most important, the actual erudite terms are only important in upholding these ideas. The main themes of his "O Captain! My captain!" are death of a hero, family, a journey, and defeat vs. victory. The themes are supported by a variety of concrete stylistic techniques, including tone, apostrophe, allusions, archetypes, and repetition.
WriteWork contributors. "Basic analysis of Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!"" WriteWork.com. WriteWork.com, 06 February, 2006. Web. 10 Apr. 2013.
O Captain! My Captain!
Walt Whitman
May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892
American Poet, Essayist, and Journalist
Pieces transition between transcendentalism and realism
"Father of Free Verse"
Published "Leaves of Grass" and known for being obcene because of its overt sexuality
Died at age 72 from a stroke
The Poem
ONE MORE TIME!
Presented by: Kayla, Samuel, Rashna, & Sabrina
Thanks for Watching & Listening!
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