In the second stanza, Whitman tries to talk to the Captain, who, he knows well, is dead. This technique of talking to the dead is called apostrophe. This is referring to Lincoln as the father of the United States. Through this he experienced the unification and division of the United States. The people are eagerly waiting for his arrival, but he is dead now.
A quatrain is a stanza consisting of 4-lines. Finally in the last few lines of the poem, the speaker with the loss of his Captain wants the people of the preserved Union to celebrate and rejoice in the victory at hand and to celebrate the life of the man he feels is responsible; however he cannot join them as he is so grief stricken at the loss of this great man, his Captain, his Father, President Lincoln. The sailor looks sadly at the dead captain in pure agony. He is the head of a great ship, which represents America. My Captain, written by Walt Whitman 1865 consists of 3 stanzas. The last four lines are short and give agitated descriptions of Lincoln's dying moments.
From this point on, Whitman repeatedly calls to Lincoln, begging him to get up and see the roaring crows of Union supporters waiting for him at shore. Jaded and exhausted after a tiresome journey, the mission has been a roaring success. The sailor cannot believe his eyes and feels that he is dreaming as he sees the lifeless body of his captain on the deck. It is some dream that on the deck You've fallen cold and dead. Whitman also begs Lincoln to rise up and witness his goal of emancipating slave be achieved. The ship has safely reached port with great celebration, but the captain Lincoln is dead. It is such a time when the ship has arrived at its destination.
This may be compared with the popularity that Lincoln held with most of his countrymen and represents the opinions that people in the preserved Union shared about their beloved president. However it is in the fifth line of the second stanza that the true relationship of the sailor and the captain is revealed. The fearful trip is a metaphor for The Civil War. Reason being, the people ashore await their prized captain to lead the way and stamp his mark on history. The road is the general topic of comparison, but the fork and the leaves are the more specific aspects explored. Aside from his patriotism and love for country, Whitman was an extreme admirer of Abraham Lincoln and portrays his fatherly love for him in this poem.
After a bloody war, which cost the lives of over 620,000 men, Confederate General Robert E. As the metaphor is extended, various aspects of the two things being compared are addressed. Lincoln was like a captain because he was the leader of the country in the same way that a captain leads his crew. Everyone is celebrating what Lincoln accomplished; this is not only the abolishment of slavery but also the formation of the Union and the coming together of people. He also wrote poems about urging people to fight for what is right. Whitman experiences the euphoria of their victory but at the same time laments over the death of Lincoln, which is a big loss for the nation. The sailor reminisces about the trip to be extremely arduous yet they crossed the line with a trade-off.
Slowly and gradually, he realizes that the change is permanent and life must go, regardless. Again the poet calls to the Captain as if he had never fallen. The poem was known as one of the greatest poems written at the time of the Civil War. Poet calls him father because, for him, Lincoln is not just a military leader but the father of the nation and laments over his loss. This meant that the southern states would remain in the union and the United States would continue to exist as a nation. Speaking or attempting to solicit a response from someone or something that is not present or has died is referred to as an apostrophe Team.
It should be noted that the captain is dead now and hence these ceremonies are of his funeral. Speaking in the language of ordinary men, Walt Whitman aspired to become the voice of the nation, speaking on behest of American population at the time. The ship after enduring tough storms and impenetrable winds made it back on the dock. Being born close to the founding of the country, he knew people that were a part of the American Revolution. O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. Extended metaphors are sometimes referred to as conceits, particularly in the complex poetry of the 17th century.
As a result, he has recorded the events, moods and spirit of the time magnificently. Many lost their lives in the American Civil War, and although the prize that was sought was won, the hearts still ache amidst the exultation of the people. However, it broke his heart to see the nation fighting. It was published in his work Leaves of Grass. The sailor implores the now dead captain to rise from the dead.
Because this poem is an elegy to the dead, the more traditional format adds to its solemnity. The ship is a metaphor for The U. But I, with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. Written by Walt Whitman Analysis of the Poem! The next lines give credit to the Captain for bringing the vessel, our Union, safely into harbor with his mission completed and the prize of a reunited Union in hand. The poet goes in reminiscence and tries to consider this death to be fancy but at last, he has to believe that Captain is dead. He was shot while at the theater and died a few hours later.
The sailor looks at the fallen comrade and wishes this nightmare was just a dream. The captain Whitman refers to is Abraham Lincoln. The nation is in the midst of celebrating Lincoln's Civil War victory when he dies. One might ask; who is this captain? Commenting on his own poetry, he said that audience of his time appreciated poetry with form, rhyme and meter, still unfamiliar to free-verse concept. With this storyboard, students can demonstrate a solid understanding of the text and its metaphorical significance, which will provide a foundation for deeper analysis of the poem. Metaphors are highly used in this poem to create imagery as the poem itself is an extended metaphor. But I, with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.