O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman –
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
RAMBLINGS – 5 :
The previous term had already intrigued me to a large extent. All went blank and bright, back and forth. How did I not realize it earlier?
How often do we wonder about ‘definitions’? As of now, they were highly vague and ambiguous affirmations to me.
[ We do get such ‘contemplation pangs’ from time to time. Hypothesis (of our own) is built and demolished, we all do feel like scientists for that glorious period. Ah, contemplation pangs! ]
Well, talking of definitions, how do you define a term as ambiguous as ‘Polity’ or ‘matter’? Oh, well, yes, for many of us, defining matter is just a matter of few words – isn’t Science dearest to our hearts?
Let us frame the important question here : How do you define ‘Science’? Terms like ‘hypothesis’ , ‘experiments’, ‘observations’ , ‘physical world’, etc. are the most exploited ones. And, why they wouldn’t be, they make the utmost sense!
‘Polity’, on the other hand, can be defined as… well, wait! I’d like to share a relevant incident here :
Last June was a life-changing experience for me – from the education POV. My senses (the general ones) were twisted, butchered and moulded back into that of a person who just refuses to accept, well, anything. No, nothing delusional here. The whole complex process made me a interrogative person (add a pinch of introspection).
One of the major events was a ‘Polity’ lecture. The lecturer simply asked the class to define ‘Polity’. And, oh boy, what followed was (almost) a gunfight (of words). Nobody had the accurate definition, as expected by the lecturer but, what he told in the end made a difference :
“Make your own definitions. Observe the phenomena around you and create your own definitions. It should be a simple yet effective one and, even a layman should be able to understand it.”
(These are not his exact words, obviously ; now, my memory hurts!)
Well, it’s been almost a year now. He was right.
This has turned out into a lazy realization post, eventually. Lastly, every word does have a definition. The more number of definitions we fish out, the more clarity we get.
© Cereus Florus. 2019.