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RED Warm lips are red blood drops are too Abe Lincoln was shot the nation was blue In the poem O Captain My Captain by Walt Whitman the color red is used as a symbol for many objects Red symbolizes blood shed life happiness and it also associates with love life and vitality Other things that can relate to red are compassion hatred and pain These elements are what gives the poem its voice and tone in a metaphoric way The writer purposely uses Throughout the poem even though there is no repetition of the word red it can be related to many other elements in the poem such as death The phrase fallen cold and dead repeated at the end of each stanza emphasizes on the death of the captain and how red or blood can be used to relate to it Also red indicates blood that was shed when Lincoln was assassinated The clever use of the rhyme scheme red head and dead gives the reader a clear and detailed enough picture of how the president died Ironically red can be used to symbolize brightness or life and it can also be used to symbolize death and blood The vessel grim and daring vessel has a double meaning in this phrase It can be used to define the ship or a blood vessel again red Grim and daring gives the reader a sense that the trip no longer seems bright anymore The word grim gives the phrase a different taste It makes the vessel seem lifeless and no longer bright which can also mean that life has been taken away My Captain does not answer his lips are pale and still this phrase clearly shows that there is no longer life Pale can represent the synonyms cold dead and lifeless When lips are warm it has a nice shade of red to it meaning life When it is pale it
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