What is the message of "O Captain! My Captain!"?
The poem was a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, who had been assassinated in 1865, the year in which the poem was written.
The poem is divided into three stanzas. The first stanza begins in a celebratory mode, for the Civil War has been won by the Union:
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.
The "fearful trip" is a metaphor for the war, and "the prize" is the...
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