O Captain My Captain
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O Captain! My Captain! O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done, The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; But O heart! Heart! Heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. a. Name the poem and the poet. b. What is the fearful trip? c. Explain ‘weathered every rack’. d. What prize are they talking about? e. What is the reaction of the people? f. What is the poetic device in the above line? g. Who is the captain? What state is he in?
a. The poem is ‘O Captain! My Captain!’ and the poet is Walt Whitman. b. The fearful trip refers to the civil war between North and South America over slavery which engulfed the whole nation. So the ordeal of the war was a fearful trip. c. It means that the North Americans under the leadership of Lincoln have managed to overcome all hurdles faced by them in their attempt to give freedom to the slaves. d. The prize refers to the victory of the slaves who could no more be subjected to heinous tortures by the owners. e. The people are exuberant to have defeated the South and won a battle against slavery. f. The poetic device is metaphor whereby the leadership and the northern army is the steady ship which is moving smoothly towards its target and is willing to take all risk. g. The captain here metamorphically has been used for Abraham Lincoln who is lying dead covered with blood.