Walt Whitman

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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

SOAPSTone over O Captain My Captain!

SpeakerThe speaker is a loyal/worthy companion of Abraham Lincoln (Captain).

OccasionAt the end of the war and after Lincoln's death.

PurposeA tribute to Lincoln's life/death.

AudienceAmerica and Lincoln.

SubjectA fairwell to Lincoln's life.

ToneElegy, sorrow, remembrance.

EvidenceRhyme- (Line 14 and 16) dead and head.Imagery- "O the bleeding drop of red,..."Symbolism- "Captain" indicating he's the head of America, the President.

BiographyWalt Whitman was born May 31, 1819, in West Hills, New York. He was the second of eight children. His first job was a school teacher in Long Island. In 1841 he began looking for a career in journalism. He started a newspaper business called the Long-Islander. In 1848 he became the editior of Crescent. Over the next seven years Walt began writing down his observations on slavery and created well-known poems such as "O Captain! My Captain!"

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