O’ Captain My Captain
By Whalt Whitman
If I had to choose a favorite poem it would be this one. Even though this poem is not at all about a dead sea captain it still has that good old timely sailor stile story to it. Once I found out what this poem was really about I liked it even more. It shocked how well the story I thought the poem was about and what it really is about connected so well. I haven’t read many of Whalt Whitman’s poems, but if the rest are as good as this one I just may start reading more of them.
What really impresses me about this poem is how Whitman had the idea to write about the death of President Abraham Lincoln and wrote in a way that told a very different story when reading it. The two topics are not that much alike. Besides a dead man in each story and the end of a journey, you are thinking of two very different events. But if you compare the two stories side by side and read them thinking of each story they are explaining the same think. The literal story is about the end of a ship’s journey and the captain falls dead for some unknown reason. In the story that Whitman is telling us it is about Abraham Lincoln after he was shot dead at the end of the Civil War. The stories are in no way connected but really they are about the same thing.
The things that interest me in this poem are that this poem has a topic that really interests me. Even the title catches my interest. When I read this I am able to keep reading with interest and at the end I am disappointed that it is over. During the time that I am reading I am thinking of a dead ship captain with his grew standing over him and at the same time Abraham Lincoln being shot dead by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater. Also there are no confusing tums or phrases in the poem. It is pretty straight forward. Besides the fact that this poem was about something completely different than what I thought it was, it’s an easy read. I normally do not like it when poets write a poem...