Christina Rossetti wrote the poem By the sea. A poem that describes what the sea is all about.
About the poem
In most poems the sea is a metaphor. In love poems oceans and especially the depth of them, are often uses as a metaphor to desribe how deep the love is. Other poets use the sea or the ocean to describe a certain state of loneliness.
Christina Rossetti describes the sea and the sea life that surrounds it in detail. She left us with a beautiful poem.
By the sea
By Christina Rossetti
Why does the sea moan evermore?
Shut out from heaven it makes its moan,
It frets against the boundary shore;
All earth’s full rivers cannot fill
The sea, that drinking thirsteth still.
Sheer miracles of loveliness
Lie hid in its unlooked-on bed:
Anemones, salt, passionless,
Blow flower-like; just enough alive
To blow and multiply and thrive.
Shells quaint with curve, or spot, or spike,
Encrusted live things argus-eyed,
All fair alike, yet all unlike,
Are born without a pang, and die
Without a pang, and so pass by.