By the sea

By the sea

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

By the sea

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.

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