O Captain My Captain 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.
O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells; Rise up-for you the flag is flung-for you the bugle trills, For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths-for you the shores accrowding, For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning; Here Captain! Dear father! This arm beneath your head! It is some dream that on the deck You've fallen cold and dead. a. Who is the poet asking to rise? b. Lincoln’s popularity was at its peak when he won the Civil War. How is this popularity brought out in the poem? c. Explain ‘This arm beneath your head!’ d. Why does each stanza end with ‘fallen cold and dead’? what effect does this produce?
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still, My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will, The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage dosed and done, From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won; Exult O shores, and ring 0 bells! But I, with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. a. Who does not answer and why? b. The poet personally mourns the death of the captain, as one would of a close relative. Which lines or words show this? c. What is it about? d. Which voyage is done?

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