I narrate the poem “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman on my Audio Literature Odyssey podcast. This poem is an elegy honoring the death of the 16th American president Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated on April 14, 1865.
O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d 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.