The Wordplay Workshop poetry units are designed to provide an easy-to-use guided analysis as an introduction to deciphering and appreciating classic poems.
Walt Whitman’s classic “O Captain! My Captain!” is one of the best-loved poems of all time! In this analysis guide, you can introduce it — along with the basics of poetry analysis and literary devices — to your students. It’s also a great way to study the Civil War and extended metaphors.
In this poetry analysis unit you will find:
Text of O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
Worksheets on poem format and structure, vocabulary, what the poem really means as an extended metaphor, poem interpretation, and literary devices (all with teacher keys)
Writing assignment – Write your own shape poem
Poetry Form & Literary Devices Primers