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O Captain! My Captain
Transcript of O Captain! My Captain
O Captain! My Captain! & I Saw Old General at Bay
: The real events and people that influenced them.
: A comparison of two seemingly unlike things that develops, or extends, throughout several lines and stanzas, or an entire poem.
: Words and phrases that appeal to the readers five senses.
: A sound, word, phrase, or line for emphasis.
: A contrast between what is expected and what is really happening.
Historical Context of the Text
Walt Whitman wrote this dirge ( a funeral song or tune, or expressing mourning in commemoration of the dead ) for the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated because of his anti-slavery beliefs which Walt was a great admirer of. He wrote "O Captain! My Captain!" to capture the sense of tragedy that overwhelmed the nation upon Lincoln's death.
What We Should Know
: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text
: Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone
: Analyze how the structure of [a] text contributes to its meaning and style.
Deep Textual Analysis of O Captain! My Captain!
In stanza 1
of "O Captain! My Captain!" someone is telling that their hard troubles are over. They won whatever they were fighting for and their worries are gone.
In stanza 2
they're rearing the deck on the vessel the captain lays cold in his own blood. You can see that it is not only a victory but a hardship.
In stanza 3
the crowd is cheering ,for they have reached a victory the flag is flown into air-maybe they achieved freedom. The crowd throws bouquets and ribbons but they want the captain to rise, they wanted him to be able to see this moment.
In stanza 4
the person uses a metaphor to compare the captain to his father, the fearful voyage is done and the ship is safe, but the captain lies dead.It is not only a joyful time but a mournful time.
The mood in this poem is deep, grey, and tells a sad story .
The theme in this story is " forever in our hearts but forever gone".
Deep Textual Analysis of "I Saw Old General at Bay"
Biographical Information on the Author
Whitman was born May 31, 1819, in Huntington, Long Island, to father Walter and mother Louisa. He was the second of nine children. Whitman left school around the age of 11. At this time he took up a lot of different jobs. After spending a week at a Civil War camp with his brother, Whitman felt he could not return to civilian life. Instead, he spent much of the war helping care for wounded and sick soldiers in hospitals. A lawyer whom Whitman worked for subscribed him to a circulating library, which introduced him to many classic authors and their works. He died in 1892.
In " I Saw Old General at Bay" there are 10 lines and 3 stanzas. The imagery in this text is "Old General at Bay" when they describe him "His grey eyes yet shone out in battle like stars". While this is an example of imagery it is also an example of a metaphor.
The repetition in this text is the phrase "I saw". This poem is an elegy poem. An elegy is a poem that is typically written for the purpose of paying tribute to a person who has died recently or to share reflections upon an equally serious subject.
Historical Events during this Era
Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th president of the United States.
Civil War is fought.
-started because of uncompromising difference between the free states and slave states over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in territories that hadn't become states yet. When Abraham Lincoln won election in 1860 as the first republican to keep slavery out of those territories seven states, (AL, GA, FL, LA, MS, SC, TX) ,seceded from the Union and formed a new nation The Confederate States of America.
President Lincoln is assassinated