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O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! My Captain!


by Walt Whitman

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?


The speaker and the captain have a serious bond that shouldn’t be brushed aside as simply one of respect. The speaker really seems to love this captain. This doesn’t mean that they were lovers, though. The speaker frames this more as a familial love, calling the captain "father" on more than one occasion. So, this is really more love than lust, and everybody can get down with that. It's a G-rating. Come one, come all.

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