Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

The Sea

Poem by Lewis Carroll

There are certain things -a spider, a ghost,
The income-tax, gout, an umbrella for three -
That I hate, but the thing that I hate the most
Is a thing they call the SEA.

Pour some salt water over the floor -
Ugly I'm sure you'll allow it to be:
Suppose it extended a mile or more,
That's very like the SEA.

Beat a dog till it howls outright -
Cruel, but all very well for a spree;
Suppose that one did so day and night,
That would be like the SEA.

I had a vision of nursery-maids;
Tens of thousands passed by me -
All leading children with wooden spades,
And this was by the SEA.

Who invented those spades of wood?
Who was it cut them out of the tree?
None, I think, but an idiot could -
Or one that loved the SEA.

It is pleasant and dreamy, no doubt, to float
With `thoughts as boundless, and souls as free';
But suppose you are very unwell in a boat,
How do you like the SEA.

There is an insect that people avoid
(Whence is derived the verb `to flee')
Where have you been by it most annoyed?
In lodgings by the SEA.

If you like coffee with sand for dregs,
A decided hint of salt in your tea,
And a fishy taste in the very eggs -
By all means choose the SEA.

And if, with these dainties to drink and eat,
You prefer not a vestige of grass or tree,
And a chronic state of wet in your feet,
Then -I recommend the SEA.

For I have friends who dwell by the coast,
Pleasant friends they are to me!
It is when I'm with them I wonder most
That anyone likes the SEA.

They take me a walk: though tired and stiff,
To climb the heights I madly agree:
And, after a tumble or so from the cliff,
They kindly suggest the SEA.

I try the rocks, and I think it cool
That they laugh with such an excess of glee,
As I heavily slip into every pool,
That skirts the cold, cold SEA.


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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (2/16/2019 11:29:00 PM)

    Nice thoughts and descriptions about the sea, but I liked this the most:
    'Beat a dog till it howls outright -
    Cruel, but all very well for a spree;
    Suppose that one did so day and night,
    That would be like the SEA'.(Report)Reply

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  • Gordon Walter (2/16/2019 11:12:00 PM)

    A cool poem.
    Itry the rocks, and I think it cool
    That they laugh with such an excess of glee,
    As I heavily slip into every pool,
    That skirts the cold, cold SEA.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/16/2019 2:23:00 PM)

    A very fine poem, excellent and leads us to think.. tony(Report)Reply

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  • James MclainJames Mclain (2/16/2019 12:45:00 PM)

    what Carroll can do he makes one think
    if not for the Sea or water to drink he'd blame it
    on the sea.
    An excellent poem to read and make one think.(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (2/16/2019 4:04:00 AM)

    As only Lewis Carroll can do it. The fun of it is that all the points he makes are valid; as well as rhyme and rhythm which make the poem like an ill-advised trip to the SEA..(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/16/2019 2:18:00 AM)

    From the cliff! ! !
    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (2/16/2019 1:40:00 AM)

    It is a nice composition on hate of things all abhor; but of them also, some are comparatively better not to hate! That is a great enigma in the world indeed!(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/16/2019 12:48:00 AM)

    One of the great works of Lewis Carroll........(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (5/13/2014 12:57:00 PM)

    Lewis carroll Amazing poetic skills here(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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