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Product Details

  • Series: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (October 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375413294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375413292
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.7 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout history, poets have felt the ancient pull of the sea, exploring the full range of mankind's nautical fears, dreams, and longings. The colorful legends of the sea?pirates and mermaids, phantom ships and the sunken city of Atlantis?have inspired as many imaginations as have the realities of lighthouses and shipwrecks, of icebergs and frothing foam and seaweed.
This marvelous collection includes classics old and new, from Homer and Milton to Plath and Merwin. Here are Tennyson's seductive sea-fairies next to Poe's beloved Annabel Lee. Here is Coleridge's darkly brooding "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" alongside the grandeur of Shakespeare's "Full Fathom Five." And here is Masefield's "I must go down to the seas again" alongside Cavafy's "Ithaka" and Stevens's "The Idea of Order at Key West." In the wide variety of lyrics collected here?sonnets and sea chanteys, ballads and hymns and prayers?we feel the encompassing power of our planet's restless waters, as metaphor, mystery, and muse.

About the Author

J. D. McClatchy is the author of five collections of poems: Scenes From Another Life, Stars Principal, The Rest of the Way, Ten Commandments, and Hazmat. He has also written two books of essays: White Paper and Twenty Questions. He has edited many other books, including The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, Poets on Painters, and Horace: The Odes. In addition, he edits The Voice of the Poet series for Random House AudioBooks, and has written seven opera libretti. He is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught at Princeton, UCLA, and Johns Hopkins, and is now a professor at Yale, where since 1991 he has edited The Yale Review. He lives in Stonington, Connecticut.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By annesailorgirl on July 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book holds some of the best-loved ocean and water poems of all time, including all 3 verses of my absolute favorite poem by John Masefield, Sea Fever.

Oh I must go down to the seas again,

to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship

and a star to steer her by

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song,

and the white sail's shaking

And a grey mist on the sea's face

and a grey dawn breaking . . .

The book's main sections are:

Sea Fever,

The Call of the Deep

Storm and Call

Ballads

Songs and Chanteys

Anthem Prayer and Hymn

Seafarers

Wrecks at Sea

Legends

Above and Beyond

Reading the Waves.

Authors include of course John Masefield, but also Robert Frost, Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, TS Eliot, DH Lawrence, John Milton, John Keats, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and Percy Shelley. There are also anonymous poems including Trafalgar, Davey Jones's Locker, Blow the Man Down, and Drunken Sailor.

If you love the water and if you love books, you will love this little volume of poems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By j payne on February 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book contains all of the favorite poems about the sea and is a great size to take on a trip.
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I have been a lover of good poetry most of my life. As a former U.S. Navy Veteran I have also loved poems about the sea. When I saw this book being sold at a bargain price I just had to have it. Poems of the Sea: selected and edited by J.D. McClatchy is a wonderful 251 page hardcover volume. It has a collection of unique and beautiful poetry from a wide range of poets around the world.

This book is organized into 11 areas and they are as follows: Sea-Fever, the call of the deep, storm and calm, ballads, songs and chanteys, anthem, prayer, hymn, seafarers, wrecks at sea, legends, above and beyond, and reading the waves. The list of poets include many of the most esteemed and respected writers of all time, as well as some lesser known poets. A few of the many poets in this collection include Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Keats, Victor Hugo, Herman Melville, John Milton, William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman.

If you are a poetry lover this is a collection you should check out. A fantastic read for all poetry lovers.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seshiro on July 21, 2014
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The poems are great and diverse while the book itself is both the perfect size and nicely bound.
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