John Keats

(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821 / London, England)

On the Sea


It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.
Often 'tis in such gentle temper found,
That scarcely will the very smallest shell
Be moved for days from where it sometime fell.
When last the winds of Heaven were unbound.
Oh, ye! who have your eyeballs vexed and tired,
Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;
Oh ye! whose ears are dinned with uproar rude,
Or fed too much with cloying melody---
Sit ye near some old Cavern's Mouth and brood,
Until ye start, as if the sea nymphs quired!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie - 880 Points Leslie Sharp (10/13/2014 11:54:00 AM)

    This was a special poem! It meaning to me is nature of soul in raw form. A battle I have been fighting for some
    time. Do we let go? When there is such a beautiful place waiting beyond or do we stay on this earth, that is filled with dirty human lust. Do we lay down and die side by side or do we pick ourselves up and continue till nature takes it course! How do you show love to someone whose been so broken by this earthly plane! This option is left unspoken yet! And remains between us! And no other. The choice is ours! We surely have been blessed, to not fear death, for there is no death, only dirt. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 58 Points Brian Jani (5/13/2014 12:33:00 PM)

    Keats i like it Amazing poetic skills here (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,463 Points * Sunprincess * (4/30/2014 2:14:00 PM)

    ......I love poems of the sea...so wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paddy Harris (11/18/2008 1:07:00 PM)

    Perfect poem to create the sea urge (Report) Reply

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