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The sea! the sea! the open sea! The blue, the fresh, the ever free! Without a mark, without a bound, It runneth the earth’s wide regions round; It plays with the clouds; it mocks the skies; Or like a cradled creature lies. a. Name the poem and the poet. b. What poetic device has been used in the above lines? c. How does the speaker describe the sea?
a. The poem is ‘The sea’ and the poet is Barry Cornwell. b. There are many poetic devices used by the poet:- The sea! The sea – repetition without a, without a – Anaphora Cradled Creature – Alliteration c. The speaker describes the sea as ‘blue’ fresh and ever free. It is without any landmark or boundary. It moves all over the earth and moves the clouds.
I’m on the sea! I’m on the sea! I am where I would ever be; With the blue above, and the blue below, And silence wheresoe’er I go; If a storm should come and awake the deep, What matter? I shall ride and sleep. a. Where is the speaker? b. How does the speaker describe the sea? c. What will happen if there’s a storm?
I love, O, how I love to ride On the fierce, foaming, bursting tide, When every mad wave drowns the moon Or whistles aloft his tempest tune, And tells how goeth the world below, And why the sou’west blasts do blow. a. What poetic device has been used in the second line? b. What does the speaker love? c. What do the waves do? d. What all does the sea tell the poet?
I never was on the dull, tame shore, But I lov’d the great sea more and more, And backwards flew to her billowy breast, Like a bird that seeketh its mother's nest; And a mother she was, and is, to me; For I was born on the open sea! The waves were white, and red the morn, a. What does the poet love about the sea? b. What poetic device is used in the third line? c. Who does the speaker compare himself to?
In the noisy hour when I was born; And the whale it whistled, the porpoise roll’d, And the dolphins bared their backs of gold; And never was heard such an outcry wild As welcom’d to life the ocean-child! a. Where was the speaker born? b. What all happened when the speaker was born? c. How did all feel at the birth of the speaker?
I’ve liv’d since then, in calm and strife, Full fifty summers, a sailor’s life, With wealth to spend and a power to range, But never have sought nor sighed for change; And Death, whenever he comes to me, Shall come on the wild, unbounded sea! a. How old is the speaker? b. How does the speaker describe his life? c. Does the speaker want a change? d. Where does the speaker think he will die?

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