“All Day I Hear the Noise of Waters,” James Joyce (1907)

All day I hear the noise of waters Making moan, Sad as the sea-bird is, when going Forth alone, He hears the winds cry to the waters’ Monotone. The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing Where I go. I hear the noise of many waters Far below. All day, all night, I hear them …

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‘The Kraken,’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1830)

Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee About his shadowy sides; above him swell Huge sponges of millennial growth and height; And far away into the sickly light, From many a wondrous grot and secret cell Unnumbered …

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‘The Voice of the Rain’ by Walt Whitman (1885)

And who art thou? said I to the soft-falling shower, Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated: I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain, Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the bottomless sea, Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely form’d, altogether changed, and yet …

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Shakespeare: The 64th Sonnet

Preface I will be publishing essays from now on analyzing individual poems on the blog. Rather than trying to cover broad topics, I find that this will be a more useful and focused exercise, for not only myself, but hopefully for any readers as well. It will also narrowly confine the discussion to poetry qua …

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