Oh captain, my captain was written by Walt Whitman as an elegy to President Abraham Lincoln.
The poem’s style is distinctly American. Whitman features each of the four stanzas in the form of a prayer, attributed to two different aspects of Lincoln’s personality and virtues-to his intellect (“O Captain! My Captain!”) and his ambition-oriented (military) aspect(“To Thee Old Cause”). It also touches on themes such as good leadership through democracy and martyrdom which are central Lincolnian ideas.
“Oh Captain! My Captain!” or “O Thou Who Hast So Long Wielded with Mighty Hand,” is a poem written by Walt Whitman in 1865 about Abraham Lincoln who served for six years as the