O Captain! My Captain!
by Walt Whitman
O Captain! My Captain! Suffering Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
But O heart! heart! heart! (5)
The speaker is so overwhelmed that he can’t express the pain he’s feeling at the sight of his fallen captain. That's some serious suffering.
This arm beneath your head; (14)
As a nurse during the Civil War, Whitman likely held many dying men. Not fun. The pain he must have experienced in such a moment really makes this image—the dead captain in the sailor’s arms—the climax of the poem.