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Lesson 2: Reconstruction Name: Brooke Nyren Exercise #2 1. The poem, “The Martyr” by Herman Melville rings of anger and revenge when he says, “Beware the People weeping when they bare the iron hand.” The poem, “O Captain! My Captain” by Walt Whitman, has more sadness when he says, “But I, with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. 2. When Melville says “And they killed him from behind”, he is suggesting Lincoln never saw this coming. Lincoln is known for his kindness and humbleness, but not everyone saw him this way. Some saw him as someone who wanted to change everything as they knew it and were not happy. 3. Walt Whitman is comparing the assassination of President Lincoln to a ship and its journey. “The Ship” represents the United States, “Our fearful journey” represents the civil war, “The prize we sought” represents the union still standing, and lastly “O Captain” represents Lincoln. 4. I have read “O Captain! My Captain” many times on my own but never really realized it was about the assassination on President Lincoln. Now that I am aware of its true meaning, I love it even more.

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