Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Day 753: O Captain My Captain

So very sad to hear the news of actor Robin William's death yesterday. This poem I thought appropriate - from the film Dead Poet's Society, Walt Whitman's famous elegy for Abraham Lincoln.

O Captain! My Captain! - Walt Whitman

O 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!
                            The 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.


  1. What a fantastic poem. I'm not usually a huge fan of poetry but this one really hit me. Inspiring, delightful and enlightening indeed. Thank-you for sharing it in thought of Robin Williams.

  2. Thank you Amy, glad you enjoyed it. You might also like the other Walt Whitman poem from Dead Poets Society - 'O Me O Life' - it's very good too, you might recognise it from a recent Apple ad. (Just click on the Walt Whitman label above to get it.) Thanks for commenting! :)


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