William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Full Fathom Five - Poem by William Shakespeare

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them,--ding-dong, bell.


Comments about Full Fathom Five by William Shakespeare

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (1/4/2016 6:01:00 PM)

    Though a death is to be mourned, the death of this man is incredibly special. Bodies are supposed to decay, but parts of this man's body have turned into something beautiful and precious. Not only that but sea nymphs are ringing the death knell for this man every hour. The alliteration in Full Fathom Five thy father lies” gives tremendous weight to the profundity of this death. (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/21/2015 2:45:00 AM)

    Ariel's Song

    Come unto these yellow sands,
    And then take hands:
    Curtsied when you have, and kiss'd
    The wild waves whist,
    Foot it featly here and there;
    And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
    Hark, hark!
    Bow-wow.
    The watch-dogs bark.
    Bow-wow.
    Hark, hark! I hear
    The strain of strutting chanticleer
    Cry, Cock-a-diddle-dow.

    Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
    Nothing of him that doth fade,
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.
    Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
    Ding-dong.
    Hark! now I hear them—Ding-dong, bell (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/21/2015 2:44:00 AM)

    from The Tempest
    Ariel's Song

    In Act I, Scene II of The Tempest, the ''airy Spirit'' Ariel is ordered by Prospero to lead the shipwrecked Ferdinand to him. She does this by invisibly singing the above song to gain his attention and guide him by the sound of her voice. The second stanza is of particular relevance to Ferdinand since his father drowned. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra Gajanan Mishra (10/14/2014 9:21:00 PM)

    Wonderful, ding dong bell. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:50:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • Rajarajan Velayutham (12/18/2013 4:39:00 AM)

    free download the poems (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (10/6/2012 10:14:00 PM)

    marvelous and imaginative..I love this one! .. (Report) Reply

  • Junior Waysouth (9/30/2011 12:05:00 AM)

    The first four lines are unearthly. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Hoellering (2/8/2010 4:41:00 PM)

    These lines from The Tempest are magical and rightly world-famous, and
    as with so much of Shakespeare, the phrase “a sea change” has entered world literature.
    Like Donne’s later sonnet ‘Death be Not proud, ’ this short verse is affirmative, treating a gloomy subject in an imaginative and positive way. (Report) Reply

  • D G (9/3/2009 11:01:00 AM)

    This is my favorite Shakespeare poem. Very melancholy, almost an epitaph, yet the sea change line gives it a sense of wonder about death.

    Beautiful. I love sailing, and this always reminds me of those lost at sea. (Report) Reply

  • Ifeyinwa Ezenyimulu (7/5/2008 1:17:00 PM)

    Good! nice pretty Will (Report) Reply

  • Jeffrey Spahr-Summers (8/29/2005 7:38:00 PM)

    Amen! (Report) Reply

  • Anong All (3/6/2005 7:17:00 PM)

    l must admit, that this is quite an interesting poem. l have read it many times, and each time l do, wonder sets in.
    With Respect,
    Jodilee (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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