Extra Credit for "O Captain! My Captain! By: Autumn Butts
Yay!! We Won!! Yes!!
The ship and the crew had just arrived safely and they had won the prize. This event is important because it is really talking about the Civil War being over with and the prize that was won, was that teh North had won and slavery would soon be officially over. In the poem it says, "O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather’d1 every rack, the prize we sought is won." This shows that the trip or war was over and they had won the prize.
Please wake up. Everyone is cheering for you. Wake up so that you can take in the glory.
As they dock on the shore the sailor finds the captain lying dead on the deck of the ship. This event is important because it is really talking about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In the poem it says, "But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead." This shows that the sailor has found his captain or President Lincoln lying dead on the deck.
Yay!! We Won!! Yes!!
As it is a time of celebration, it will become a time of morn and sorrow, for the crowd on the shore is celebrating for the trip is over. This event is important because it is really saying that at the time of Lincoln's assassination it was supposed to be a time of celebration, for the war was over, but it soon became a time of melancholy. In the poem it says, "For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths — for you the shores a-crowding, For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;" This shows that the crowd and people are celebrating, when in a few hours it will be a time of sorrow.
The sailor begs his captain to wake up. This event is important because it shows the emotion of what some people felt towards Lincoln, they just wanted him to wake up and be ok. In the poem it says, "O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells; Rise up — for you the flag is flung — for you the bugle trills...It is some dream that on the deck, You’ve fallen cold and dead." This shows that he begs his captain to wake up, for everyone is cheering for him. He even starts to believe that it might just be a dream.
While everyone is cheering and celebrating, the sailor mourns by the captain. This event is important because it shows that while it was a time of celebration, they shall mourn instead. In the poem it says, "Exult O shores, and ring O bells! But I with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead." This shows that even though the sailor is mourning he decides to let the crowd celebrate for a little bit longer.
In a time of celebration I shall mourn for the sake of the captain.