Poem Analysis of O Captain! My Captain!


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What is an elegy?

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1. Which of the following is an example of iambic pentameter?

2. Walt Whitman wrote the poem O Captain! My Captain as an extended metaphor for what event?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet is an easy way to assess your understanding of poetic terminology as well as O Captain! My Captain!, with questions also focusing on how the former applies to the poem.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Within these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Elegies
  • Iambic pentameter
  • What O Captain! My Captain! is an extended metaphor for
  • Couplets
  • Poetic dirges

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define elegies and couplets
  • Making connections - use understanding of iambic pentameter to correctly identify an example of it
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read about how O Captain! My Captain! exemplifies an extended metaphor and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding poetic dirges

Additional Learning

To learn more about this poem, check out the accompanying lesson: Poem Analysis of O Captain! My Captain! This lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Know the history behind O Captain! My Captain!
  • Describe what an extended metaphor is
  • Familiarize yourself with the meter and form of O Captain! My Captain!