“our fearful trip”
“prize we sought”
“the bells I hear”
A heart beating
The Captain falling
Realizes that the Captain is still alive
Remembers a dream about the Captain
Only imagines seeing the Captain dead
Wishes so much that it were only a dream
President Lincoln’s death was tragic.
The poet took care of injured soldiers.
The poet had many feelings about the war.
The Civil War ended in the spring of 1865.
Standing on shore
Ringing the ship’s bell
Falling from the deck
Walking the deck sadly
Speaker’s anger at the victory celebration
Way the speaker walks around the Captain
Speaker’s desire to tell the news of the death
Importance of the tragic death to the speaker
Enemy troops surround the soldiers.
Too few soldiers volunteer.
The general cannot see.
Night is coming on.
Everyone wants to escape death
The general makes his men fearful
The soldiers are loyal to the general
Everyone wants to fight to the death
Changing their minds
Doubting the adjutant
Listening very carefully
The speaker is related to the Captain.
The Captain’s death must remain a secret.
The speaker feels very loyal to the Captain.
Only the Captain and speaker are on the ship.
Watching the ship as it sails home
Trying to sail out and follow the ship
Enjoying the sound of the ship’s bells
Wondering about the prize the ship has won
Belief in an afterlife for the Captain
Wish that the dead Captain could rise
Excitement at the ringing of the bells
Attempt to hide the death from other people
Eager crowds on shore
The Captain’s children
All the ship’s sailors
A large marching band
Crowds are trying to take over the ship
Speaker fears that lives are in danger
Ship’s Captain lies dead on the deck
Ship is still trying to sail to safety
The end of the Civil War
The last warship’s arrival
Injured soldiers’ recovery
The General’s sight is too poor to lead troops.
Although old, the General still has energy.
Soldiers deny that their General is old.
The General is too old to win a battle.
The volunteers’ mission is very dangerous
He believes that the General’s plan is wrong
He also wants to volunteer to run enemy lines
The volunteers misunderstand their instructions
Brilliant military planning
Expressions of seriousness
Recognition of an emergency
Loyalty in dire circumstances
All wars come to a successful end.
People are unaware how to win a war.
War creates many reasons to celebrate.
War puts good people in serious danger.