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By Titus Henderson (Big Daddy).   Born in New York, 1819.  Was an American poet and journalist.  Whitman's work breaks the boundaries of poetic form.

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1 By Titus Henderson (Big Daddy)

2   Born in New York,  Was an American poet and journalist.  Whitman's work breaks the boundaries of poetic form and is generally prose-like. He also used unusual images and symbols in his poetry  He is often labeled as the father of free verse, even though he did not invent it. Whitman’s Life

3   Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,  The ship has weather'd 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.   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 ribbon'd wreaths -- for you the shores a-crowding,  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.   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 anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,  From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;  Exult O shores, and ring O bells!  But I with mournful tread,  Walk the deck my Captain lies,  Fallen cold and dead. O Captain! My Captain!

4   This poem is a free verse poem.  Most of Whitman’s poems were free verse. That is why many people considered him the Big Daddy of free verse.  Extended metaphor poem concerning the death of Abraham Lincoln. Schemes

5   Many people believed that Whitman lacked "organizing principle" of poetry.  David Kuebrich is concerned with Whitman's spirituality and argues that, contrary to the conviction of numerous critics, Whitman intended to begin a "new religion" and promoted his readers' spiritual development by offering them an orderly vision linking religion with contemporary ideas on American culture. Critics

6   In 1996, Israeli songwriter Naomi Shemer translated the poem to Hebrew and wrote music for it.  This was played after the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Modernization of the Poem

7   archive.com/w/on_the_beach_at_night.html archive.com/w/on_the_beach_at_night.html  criticism/whitman-walt criticism/whitman-walt  =whi-60 =whi-60 Sources


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