O Captain My Captain

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O Captain! My Captain!
By 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!
       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.

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Word Lists:

Trill : a quavering or vibratory sound, especially a rapid alternation of sung or played notes

Bouquet : an attractively arranged bunch of flowers, especially one presented as a gift or carried at a ceremony.

Keel : the longitudinal structure along the centerline at the bottom of a vessel's hull, on which the rest of the hull is built, in some vessels extended downward as a blade or ridge to increase stability.

Wreath : an arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring and used for decoration or for laying on a grave

Mournful : feeling, expressing, or inducing sadness, regret, or grief

Exult : feel or show triumphant elation or jubilation

Pulse : a rhythmical throbbing of the arteries as blood is propelled through them, typically as felt in the wrists or neck

Victor : a person who defeats an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition

Daring : (of a person or action) adventurous or audaciously bold

Sway : move or cause to move slowly or rhythmically backward and forward or from side to side


Additional Information:

Rating: B

Words: 268

Unique Words : 119

Sentences : 17

Reading Time : 1:11

Noun : 131

Conjunction : 19

Adverb : 8

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 20

Pronoun : 25

Verb : 35

Preposition : 10

Letter Count : 1,064

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Conversational

Difficult Words : 45

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