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  1. O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman Page 667 YOU NEED YOUR NOTEBOOKS

  2. Poetic Elements • TYPE OF POEM: ELEGY • Poem of mourning. • About someone who has died. • The purpose is remember the person who died and mourn a way of life that is gone forever. • Extended Metaphor: a direct comparison that as extended as far as the poet can take it (usually for a stanza or more, sometimes even the entire poem).

  3. Poetic Elements • Refrain –A phrase or verse recurring at intervals, usually at the end of a stanza.

  4. Literature and Real Life • Page 666 in your text. • Walt Whitman lived in Washington, DC during the Civil War. • The Civil War ended April 9, 1865 • After Lincoln’s second inauguration, which Whitman attended, he noted that Lincoln looked “very much worn and tired; the lines, indeed of vast responsibilities, intricate questions, and demands of life and death, cut deeper than ever upon his dark brown face; yet all the goodness, tenderness, sadness, and canny shrewdness, underneath the furrows.”

  5. Literature and Real Life • Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. He died the following day. • BEFORE YOU READ: How do you think people reacted to and/or felt after Lincoln’s death?

  6. As You Read… • Think about: • The metaphors: what stands for what? • The mood: how do you feel? • The tone: how does Whitman feel about Lincoln? How do you know? • Is there repetition or refrain?

  7. Answer in Your Notebook: • In the poem, Whitman uses metaphors. • The Captain is _________. • The ship is ___________. • The prize is _________. • The rack is _________. • What is the mood of the poem? Find 2 lines to support your opinion. • What is the tone? That is, how do you think Whitman feels about Lincoln and his death? Find 2 lines to support your opinion. • What is the refrain of the poem?

  8. Answer in Your Notebook: • In the poem, Whitman uses metaphors. What is the extended metaphor he’s using? Discuss what each part of the metaphor is. • What is the mood of the poem? Find 2 lines to support your opinion. • What is the tone? That is, how do you think Whitman feels about Lincoln and his death? Find 2 lines to support your opinion. • What is the refrain of the poem? • Why is this a Romantic-Era poem?