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Identify all the descriptions Whitman uses to compare Lincoln to a ship’s captain. What kind of leader does the speaker consider Lincoln?

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  1. Are you referring to "O Captain, My Captain"?

    Which descriptions have you found?

  2. Yes I am talking about "O Captain, My Captain" I have not found anything yet

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    posted by Maria
  3. I've boldfaced the lines referring to Lincoln as a ship's captain in the first stanza. I'm sure you can find other descriptions in the rest of the poem.

    O Captain! My Captain!

    O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
    The ship has weather’d every rack,</b 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.

    2

    O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
    Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills; 10
    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, 15
    You’ve fallen cold and dead.

    3

    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; 20
    Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
    But I, with mournful tread,
    Walk the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

  4. Oops -- I goofed.

    Here are the lines I meant to bold,

    O captain
    The ship has weathered every port
    The port is near
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

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