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Poems Of The Sea (Everyman's Library pocket poets) [Hardcover]

J D McClatchy

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28 Sep 2001 Everyman's Library pocket poets

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.

This marvelous collection includes classics old and new, from Homer and Milton to Plath and Merwin. Here are Tennyson's seductive sea-fairies next to Poe's beloved Annabel Lee. Here is Coleridge's darkly brooding "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" alongside the grandeur of Shakespeare's "Full Fathom Five." And here is Masefield's "I must go down to the seas again" alongside Cavafy's "Ithaka" and Stevens's "The Idea of Order at Key West." In the wide variety of lyrics collected here-sonnets and sea chanteys, ballads and hymns and prayers-we feel the encompassing power of our planet's restless

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Just a few of the poets included:

Emily Dickinson, Swinburne, DH Lawrence, John Masefield, John Milton, Shakespeare, William Carlos Williams, Lord Byron, Shelley, Keats, Baudelaire, Longfellow, Plath, Donne, Goethe, Coleridge, Noel Coward and WS Gilbert....

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J. D. McClatchy is the author of four earlier books of poems, Scenes from Another Life (1981), Stars Principal (1986), The Rest of the Way (1990), and Ten Commandments (1998). His literary essays are collected in White Paper (1989) and Twenty Questions (1998). He is the editor of The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) and The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry (1996), as well as a co-editor of James Merrill's Collected Poems (2001) and Collected Novels and Plays (2002). The author of several opera libretti, McClatchy is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at Yale University and is editor of The Yale Review.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Fever 25 July 2004
By annesailorgirl - Published on
This book holds some of the best-loved ocean and water poems of all time, including all 3 verses of my absolute favorite poem by John Masefield, Sea Fever.

Oh I must go down to the seas again,

to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship

and a star to steer her by

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song,

and the white sail's shaking

And a grey mist on the sea's face

and a grey dawn breaking . . .

The book's main sections are:

Sea Fever,

The Call of the Deep

Storm and Call


Songs and Chanteys

Anthem Prayer and Hymn


Wrecks at Sea


Above and Beyond

Reading the Waves.

Authors include of course John Masefield, but also Robert Frost, Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, TS Eliot, DH Lawrence, John Milton, John Keats, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and Percy Shelley. There are also anonymous poems including Trafalgar, Davey Jones's Locker, Blow the Man Down, and Drunken Sailor.

If you love the water and if you love books, you will love this little volume of poems.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great little book 17 Feb 2013
By j payne - Published on
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This book contains all of the favorite poems about the sea and is a great size to take on a trip.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 July 2014
By Seshiro - Published on
The poems are great and diverse while the book itself is both the perfect size and nicely bound.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poems of the Sea 3 Jan 2013
By david brown - Published on
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For those attracted to the water (salt, that is), this might be the right book of poetry for the library, or for the boat. This volume would fit quite nicely between those of maritime history and maybe some of marine painting!
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