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On a Poet’s Birthday – O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

My New Year’s Resolution for 2021 is to read more poetry. So, this new series of quizzes, will take a poem by a famous poet on their birthday and ask you to fill in the missing words. The poem for this quiz is the famous O Captain! My Captain by Victorian American poet, Walt Whitman, whose birthday is on May 31st.



  • Question of

    O Captain! my Captain! our fearful — is done,

    • Trip
    • Voyage
  • Question of

    The ship has weather’d every —, the prize we sought is won,

    • rack
    • storm
  • Question of

    The port is near, the bells I hear, the — all exulting,

    • people
    • sailors
  • Question of

    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel — and daring;

    • grim
    • brave
  • Question of

    But O heart! heart! heart! O the — drops of red,

    • bleeding
    • weeping
  • Question of

    Where on the deck — Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.

    • my
    • our
  • Question of

    O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the —;

    • bells
    • noise
  • Question of

    Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the — trills,

    • bugle
    • trumpet
  • Question of

    For you — and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,

    • bouquets
    • cheers
  • Question of

    For you they call, the — mass, their eager faces turning;

    • swaying
    • cheering
  • Question of

    Here Captain! dear —! This arm beneath your head!

    • father
    • captain
  • Question of

    It is some dream that on the deck, — fallen cold and dead.

    • You’ve
    • You’re
  • Question of

    My Captain does not answer, his — are pale and still,

    • lips
    • hands
  • Question of

    My father does not feel my arm, he has no — nor will,

    • pulse
    • life
  • Question of

    The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage — and done,

    • closed
    • sealed
  • Question of

    From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with — won;

    • object
    • prizes
  • Question of

    Exult O shores, and ring O bells! But I with — tread,

    • mournful
    • woeful
  • Question of

    — the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.

    • Tread
    • Walk

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