Oliver Wendell Holmes

United States
Oliver Wendell Holmes
United States
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Sun And Shadow

Rating: 3.1
As I look from the isle, o'er its billows of green,
To the billows of foam-crested blue,
Yon bark, that afar in the distance is seen,
Half dreaming, my eyes will pursue:
Now dark in the shadow, she scatters the spray
As the chaff in the stroke of the flail;
Now white as the sea-gull, she flies on her way,
The sun gleaming bright on her sail.

Yet her pilot is thinking of dangers to shun,--
Of breakers that whiten and roar;
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andja vujkov 22 August 2018
I searched for this poem for ten years and finally I have found it.I an now content to say I found the it thank you mr.holmes I love your style
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David L. Hatton 13 March 2014
The tests and tasks of life are tough; we get through them best by a determined focus to meet the challenges, not to greet the spectators.
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Eva Golden 13 March 2014
Makes me think of a dreamer, always imagining different scenes but always looking from the shore.
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Jennifer Chalk 13 March 2012
This is my dream of our reality, perfect!
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Like A Boss 13 March 2012
Can't understand it!
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Carlos Echeverria 13 March 2012
The wave-like shape and rhythm of the lines coincide with the movements of a ship at sea.
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Carlos Echeverria 13 March 2012
The wave-like rhythm and shape of the lines coincide with the movement of a ship at sea.
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Kevin Straw 13 March 2011
The level of this poem is equivalent to the painting of a Sunday painter.
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Joseph Poewhit 13 March 2010
Poem brings home the glory of the era, of wooden sail ships. [ wooden ships and iron men ]
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Robert Edwards 13 March 2010
i like your use of words and the format of the poem but too much was goin on and i didnt get the message
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