O Captain! My Captain!
by Walt Whitman
O Captain! My Captain! Suffering Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done; (1)
The trip is described as “fearful,” which implies that the suffering has been more mental than physical.
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won; (2)
Before the speaker knows that the captain is dead, he can accept that the suffering that was endured in the voyage was totally worth it because the mission was ultimately a success. In other words, the juice was worth the squeeze.