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Poems of the Sea

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Throughout history, poets have felt the ancient pull of the sea, exploring the full range of mankind’s nautical fears, dreams, and longings. The colorful legends of the sea–pirates and mermaids, phantom ships and the sunken city of Atlantis–have inspired as many imaginations as have the realities of lighthouses and shipwrecks, of icebergs and frothing foam and seaweed.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 30th 2001 by Everyman's Library (first published September 28th 2001)
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Alice Lippart
Jun 17, 2015 Alice Lippart rated it liked it
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Some poetry I loved, some I didn't. Overall, very beautiful and varied.
Kem White
Aug 20, 2014 Kem White rated it really liked it
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I had a summer vacation by the sea so I thought I'd bring this little pocket book of "Poems of the Sea." I'm glad I did. As with all poetry, some of these poems really resonated with me such as one by Tennyson from "Ulysses", Longfellow's "Seaweed,"" and especially Masefield's "Sea-Fever." Then there are poems I don't quite understand, even after repeated readings: Merwin's "Leviathan," Melville's "The Tuft of Kelp," and Stevens' "The Idea of Order at Key West." I really liked how the poems are ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Roisin rated it it was amazing
This a brilliant collection of poems inspired by the sea. A mixture of old English and modern poetry, this book is split into themes, e.g. 'The Call of The Deep', 'Ballads', and 'Legends', etc. It features a wide range of poets, such as, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, 'Annabel Lee', which was featured in the film 'Play Misty For Me' by him is here, Sylvia Plath, and a fantastic, wild, stirring poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'A Vision of The Sea'.

A couple of verses are taken from longer poems, bu
Sep 21, 2014 Chuck rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Another fine installment in a terrific series. Handsome book of poems, too.
Jul 29, 2010 Desclian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A great run of poetry about the sea. Most of it is English, though there is a few translations here or there. I was particularly impressed to see "The Seafarer" (from the Anglo-Saxon period of English poetry) here as well, as it is frequently overlooked in anthologies (and a particularly good poems as well). I actually read most of this on my honeymoon after swimming in the sea all day, and I think that doing so helped me appreciate the ocean more and more each day (as well as gave me and my wif ...more
Bartholomew Timm
Feb 26, 2016 Bartholomew Timm rated it it was amazing
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A collection of some of the finest poems of the sea. My two favorites are Sea-Fever by John Masefield and Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Dec 09, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it
A good anthology of concise poetry about, near, on, or remembering the sea. Picked this up on Nantucket and read it there, on Cape Cod, and back here in Iowa. Once the sea touches you, it is forever a part of you.
Feb 12, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by a friend almost 7 years ago, when I was writting my own poem book.
it's an amazing one and I am so thankful I had a great friend to find it for me!
Diane James
Jan 19, 2014 Diane James rated it really liked it
There's nothing better than having a book of poetry laying around to be picked up and read at your leisure! Even better to be poetry about the sea....
Aug 25, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it
Nice variety of poets from different eras, though nothing too experimental. When you're stuck inland for months at a time, this is the book to read.
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McClatchy is an adjunct professor at Yale University and editor of the Yale Review. He also edits the "Voice of the Poet" series for Random House AudioBooks.

His book Hazmat (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002) was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. He has written texts for musical settings, including eight opera libretti, for such composers as Elliot Goldenthal, Daron Hagen, Lowell Liebermann, Lorin Maazel
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