Walt Whitman's O Captain ! My Captain

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The theme of "O Captain! My Captain!" is that sacrifices have to be made in order to be successful and gain greatness.
Elegy: somber toned poem, lament for the dead
This poem is an Elegy in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Walt Whitman wrote this poem a little after Lincoln's assassination. This poem is a big metaphor because it is about a captain -Abraham Lincoln- and his crew -Lincoln's followers- obtaining their sought out prize-winning the civil war- but after getting what they want the captain dies-Lincoln gets assassinated- on their way back to safety.
The author used alliteration to create rhythm in the poem and also to create lots of emotion like sorrow when it says "But O heart! heart! heart!" because the crew mate is expressing his pain
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It really shows the characters heartache over losing his leader in the process of conquering their dangerous quest.
All of this descriptive information allows us to imagine what the ship may look like as it sails near land. You can hear the bells and cheers of the people crowding on the shore. You can also imagine how the captain looks, lying dead on the deck with cold, pale lips and blood around him.
These examples create rhythm in the poem. It also gives the poem character. It also creates emotions of sorrow from the line "But O heart! Heart! Heart!" because the sailor is mourning and expressing his pain by yelling "heart!"
The rhyme in this poem makes it kind of musical by giving it beat when you read it. Because of this, it makes the poem more interesting to read.
This poem is an Elegy in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Walt Whitman wrote this poem a little after Lincoln's assassination. This poem is a big metaphor because it is about a captain -Abraham Lincoln- and his crew -Lincoln's followers- obtaining their sought out prize-winning the civil war- but after getting what they want the captain dies-Lincoln gets assassinated - on their way back to

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