© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! My Captain!


by Walt Whitman

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

When Whitman saw that the editors of the Saturday Press had changed his punctuation in “O Captain! My Captain!,” he tore it out and mailed it back to them pointing out their editorial “perversions.” Face! (Source)

Whitman once tried to visit the writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, but he was too shabbily dressed to get into Emerson's hotel. (Source)

Whitman was rumored to have dreamt of Lincoln as a ship’s captain the night before Lincoln was assassinated. Eerie. (Source)

Walt worked for a time as a schoolteacher in Long Island. He didn't like it, though. What kind of a teacher do you think he'd be? (Source)

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...