The poem Sea Shell, written by Amy Lowell, was intended for children. It was first published in the book “A dome of many-coloured glass” (1912). There is good news to tell you about this book and the beautiful poem!
Amy Lowell – free verse
Amy Lowell did not just write poetry. No, she wrote poetry according to the ‘standards’ (or maybe the lack of) free verse! This American poetess began to start writing in the winter of her life (1910). She only wrote for fifteen years, before dying in 1925. She left the world with beautiful poetry. Just like Sea Shell.
The book that included this poem, was published in 1912. “A dome of many-coloured glass” doesn’t only contain verses for children. You can find out for free. This book is included in the Project Gutenberg.
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About Sea Shell
One would almost forget that we are covering the poem Sea Shell here! This poem is listed in the Project Gutenberg as an e-book (click here). The poem tells a story from the perspective of a sea shell. The setting is the Caribbean Islands. Pirates and treasures are the main subjects. What a great way to write, what a story! It almost reminds us about a certain movie…
Sea Shell, Sea Shell,
Sing me a song, O Please!
A song of ships, and sailor men,
And parrots, and tropical trees,
Of islands lost in the Spanish Main
Which no man ever may find again,
Of fishes and corals under the waves,
And seahorses stabled in great green caves.
Sea Shell, Sea Shell,
Sing of the things you know so well.
— Amy Lowell