Line 4: The eyes following the ship represent a synecdoche, standing in for all the people on the shore who watch the ship come in. It depicts the successful end of the Civil War, and also the way it came to an end. The last four lines are short and give agitated descriptions of Lincoln's dying moments. Although Whitman never fought in the war, he was closely involved as a nurse for the wounded. The poet's grief is accentuated by the contrasting celebrations of victory and lamentations of death.
The 'fearful trip' is nothing but the turmoil and bloodbath during the Civil War. This poem depicts his deep admiration for the honorable president. This ship has seen some tough going. The symbolic nature of a captain bringing his ship safely into harbor was too much for Whitman to pass up, and he milks the analogy for all that it's worth. We learn that this was no pleasure cruise, either.
Abraham Lincoln could no longer see the pride and joy the nation felt thanks to his leadership. The poem, refers to a terrible event in American history; the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Of course, for Whitman, this was much more than a ship. The fearful trip is the Civil War. The audience who watch the film, could realize that the poem served as a centerpiece in this story, because of the respect of his… all poets before Whitman wrote with a pattern in their poetry, but Whitman changed that and became the father of free verse poetry. 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. During the war, Whitman watched Lincoln go to work almost every day.
. In the final stanza ,the speaker juxtaposes his feelings of mourning and pride. However, despite everything, the ship managed to reach ashore, which proves that the war has almost come to an end, and they have achieved their 'prize', i. This poem was written by Walt Whitman in 1865 after the assassination of a beloved president, Abraham Lincoln. Though the tone of the poem starts with a cheery and joyous mood, it shifts as they realize that, though they reached their destination and achieved what they wanted, they are now bereft of their beloved leader.
However, their celebration is halfhearted, as their captain is cold and lifeless. The civil war was one of the bloodiest and worst wars in the history of the world, because it is not defined by the number of deaths, but because family members were fighting each other just because they believed in different things. This poem has a rhyming pattern, which is very unusual of his other free-verse poems. This death of the beloved president left the entire country devastated. The boat is in sight of land and the people in the shore watch as it approaches, cheering and ringing church bells. Although Whitman never fought in the war, he was closely involved as a nurse for the wounded.
Lincoln remained in office after the Civil War ended. In this class you may refer to me as either Mr. He then intertwines both themes throughout the final stanza, going back and forth from death to victory and back to death. Abraham Lincoln was President during the Civil War, and is considered to be one of the greatest presidents of all time. The breakdown of emotions is surging from the sailor as the fallen comrade lies beside him, in all his glory but dead.
Whitman wrote this poem after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln shortly after the Civil War. Remembering those who die with you, are those who shall always be honored. The poem cannot be fully understood unless students are aware of the historical background represented by the captain, his ship, and their fates. The speaker of the poem is a sailor of the ship crew. The crowd is jubilant as they celebrate using a number of devices such as raising flag in victory, holding flowers and cheering for the captain. As the poem continues, the fork in the road represents a choice in life, the new-fallen leaves represent fresh opportunities, and so on. Whitman was able to empathizes how the nation was balancing their mixed feelings of losing one of their beloveds while, in-fact, celebrating their victory.
Walt Whitman is the new-age poet, poised with breaking away from the shackles of established poetic practices and forming news ones just as America is created for a different purpose, tearing away from the yoke of colonialism and steering clear of undermining the proletariat class. And when the war was over, Whitman hoped that the country could begin to heal. The verse sections are rhymed couplets, or two lines that finish with end rhymes and are related in their content. Right after this, we get the regular iambic pattern: our fear ful trip is done We also get amphibrachs at the end of lines 3, 4, 11, and 12 check out the last three syllables of each of those lines. Dirge in Iambic Meter The poetic form of the comes out of the early Christian Church when Christians would say morning prayers for, among others, the dead.