O Captain! My Captain

This week we explored the works of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman- the Mother and Father of American poetry.

I was especially drawn to Whitman’s `free style’ approach to poetry.  Whitman was a humanist and was part of the move between transcendentalism and realism, often including both in his work.

I first became aware of Whitman when his poem `O Captain! My Captain’ was featured in the Robin Williams film `Dead Poets Society’.  I was 15 when the movie came out and the end scene is still my all time favourite from any film.

 

 

Our task this week is to write a poem in the style of Whitman beginning with one of his poems opening lines. I have chosen: “I think I could turn and live with animals…” from `Song of Myself’.

 

I think I could turn and live with animals

and leave the human race behind.

The city is paved with gold but i have something more valuable to find.

At my window, late at night, I see my future far away.

Come with me to the place where the animals play.

Where the grass is tall, we’ll be free among the trees.

Many miles we will travel to howl at the moon.

Under the stars we can be reborn, rise up from the ground and

surrender our hearts to the wind.

We will be unbroken and stay wild forever.

 

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2 Replies to “O Captain! My Captain”

  1. Hi Brendon,

    After reading your poem, I felt captivated and inspired by your words and the overall meaning of the poem. This semester has been all about escaping the mainstream world and you have delivered that through your poem. In your sentence “he city is paved with gold but I have something more valuable to find” I really connected to that as in this modern world, everything is paid for and everything is valued with money, gold, and other meaningless objects. However, if we as individuals escape to a place “where the animals play” and “Where the grass is tall, we’ll be free among the trees” was the pinnacle of every individual need – their freedom. If we can look beyond the external of what modern man offers and “surrender our hearts to the wind” then “we will be unbroken and stay wild forever.” Brendon, this is by far one of the best posts from you this year, as knowing you personally, I can see that your true feelings are expressed in this. In all honesty, I would have liked this poem to be longer and more detailed. Hopefully, I can see more of these kinds of posts from you.

    Marija 🙂

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