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O Captain! My Captain!. Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman. American essayist, poet Transcendentalist movement Rumored to have ha d dream night before Lincoln’s ass assination. O Captain! My Captain!. Elegy to Lincoln after assassination Lincoln=Captain Poem=extended metaphor

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walt whitman
Walt Whitman
  • American essayist, poet
  • Transcendentalist movement
  • Rumored to have had dream night before Lincoln’s assassination
o captain my captain1
O Captain! My Captain!
  • Elegy to Lincoln after assassination
  • Lincoln=Captain
  • Poem=extended metaphor
  • Written in 1865--relation to end of Civil War?
as you read
As You Read:
  • Keep in mind the extended metaphor of the poem. Try to determine what the following specific metaphors represent:
      • Fearful trip
      • Ship (hint: think big picture…what is the “vessel” that is moving forward?)
      • Prize
      • Port
      • Shores a-crowding
      • Object won
  • Determine SOAPSTone for the poem