Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Walt Whitman/A Poet who paints with Words

Walt Whitman(click) 
from google image

Was a wonderful American poet who wrote about war, love, and suffering.  He lived during the civil war in the United States, and saw much tragedy and loss during his life.  He was a big man with a big voice.   One of my favorite poems  by Whitman is Captain  my Captain, a poem about death.  As only artists can Whitman translates the frustration and anguish we all feel about dying. 

Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Constant Mayer  from google image

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
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