Book Review:
Poems of the Sea

Title: Poems of the Sea
Edited by: J. D. McClathy
Published: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 3/5

This is a collection of poems about the sea.

This was a delightful little book. I quite enjoyed it.

I think anyone who has ever seen the sea and liked it will enjoy this book. There's something universal to the beauty of it that speaks to all of us.

There is, as always with these collections, a mix of different types of poetry, where I loved some and disliked others. I was pleased to find some poetry from some of my favourite poets, such as Edgar Allan Poe and William Blake. There are also snippets of bigger books like Paradise Lost and the Odyssey, which were quite interesting to read.

I have to share a little snippet of a poem I very much enjoyed, called The Pirate:

O'er the glad waters of the dark-blue sea
Our thoughts are boundless, and our souls are free
Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam
Survey our empire and behold our home!
These are our realms, no limit to our sway - 
Our flag the sceptre all who meet obey
Ours the wild life, in tumult still to range
From toil to rest, and joy in every change
Oh! who can tell? Not thou, luxurious slave
Whose soul would sicken o'er the heaving wave
p. 156, Lord Byron

I would very much recommend this book if you like the ocean and the tales it brings. I also think this would make a great little gift to anyone who enjoys being out on the ocean.

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Also... the book without the dust cover.



  1. It looks like a lovely little collection! As a woman from a seafaring country, I should definitely pick this up ;-)! Oh, and when I read the little poem above, I had to thing immediately of a song by Mark Knopfler, called 'Privateering' ...


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