Poem of the Week: 10 September 2018

Sea Shell

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, 1912

Happy second week of September! I hope this poem makes you think a little bit:) The author Amy Lowell, an American poet, was deeply influenced by the Imagist movement favoring clear cut imagery and sharp language. One can see that with the straightforward descriptions of the sights the shell has probably seen and what she hopes to gather from its tales. It makes me jump to all the hand-me-down’s I was given as the youngest in my family, what they have endured, the roles they have played, and what the future holds for them.

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