Compare And Contrast O Captain My Captain And The Seven Ages Of Man

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Poems are all different, but also all the same in their own ways, showing how even through time, people can write about similar themes. For example ”O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Seven Ages of Man” have many similarities. They both talk about a stage that one can go through in life, use iambic pentameter, and are both a big metaphor. They also have differences like the rhyme-scheme, the different stages, and the big metaphor.
Both “O Captain! My Captain” and “The Seven Ages of Man” talk about different stages that one goes through in life, but those stages that one goes through are different. “O Captain! My Captain!” talks about the death of Abraham Lincoln, or the captain, and how a sailor mourns the death. This sailor goes through some
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heart! Heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.”(lines 5-8) . This quote shows the shock of the sailor because of the sailors exclamation of “O heart! Heart! heart!...”(line 5). The next stage the sailor goes through is denile, where the sailor says”Is it some dream that on the deck, You've fallen cold and dead.”(lines 15-16). This shows that the sailor denies that the captain is dead because the sailor says “Is it some dream…”(lines 15). The last stage is acceptance, where the sailor says “Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells! But I with mournful tread, walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.”(lines 20-34). This shows that the sailor wants people to cheer, but the sailor is sad and mournful. “The Seven Ages of Man”, on the other hand, talks about the seven different stages of a person's life. First is an infant. Second is a whining schoolboy that does not want to go to school. Next is a young liver that shows his foolishness by “Sighing like a furnace, with a …show more content…
“O Captain! My Captain!” is a metaphor about the death of Abraham Lincoln, and “The Seven Ages of Man” is a metaphor on the different stages of life. Abraham Lincoln is the Captain in “O Captain! My Captain!”. The poem talks about how the crew have just came back from a battle. This represents how the people were celebrating after the end of the Civil War, and the prize that was won is the people’s freedom.” All the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players;” This quote shows that the seven ages of man is represented as a person acting in one of the many plays that are happening, and the rest of the poems show the different stages that they go through.
In conclusion, even though the poems “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Seven Ages of Man” were written many years apart, they have many differences as well as similarities, like the theme, which is what stood out to me the most. Both of the themes talk about a stage that one goes through weather it be the stages of life or the stages of

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