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Poems about the Sea | 29-Jan-05

On Saturday 29 January, our free weekend poetry reading group took place.

With the disaster of the Tsunami in Asia in all of our minds at the present time, we read poems on the theme of the Sea. Here is a list of some of the poems people chose for today's session:

'Tintagel', 'Blue Sky' and 'Fools and Black Horses' by Desmond Heath, found in Zagzig (DB Books, 2004)

'Shoes from the Rough Sea' by Sally Evans (Salzburg University, 1996)

'I Found Her Out There' by Thomas Hardy, found in The Complete Poems (Macmillan, 1979)

'North Sea off Carnoustie' by Anne Stevenson, found in The Oxford Book of the Sea (OUP, 1992)

'Winter Seascape' by John Betjeman, found in The Collected Poems of John Betjeman (John Murray, 1979)

'Discoverer' by Kamau Brathwaite, found in West Indian Poetry (Longman Caribbean, 1972)

'The Sadness of the Sea' by William Carlos Williams, found in The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry (Columbia University Press, 1995)

'Sailor Boy' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, found in The Oxford Book of the Sea (OUP, 1992)

'Sandwriting' by Edward Lowbury

'Glanmore Sonnets: 7' by Seamus Heaney, found in Opened Ground (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998)

'U-Boat' by Matthew Sweeney, found in Selected Poems (Jonathan Cape, 2002)

'Cargoes', 'Sea Fever', 'Roadways' and 'A Ballad of John Silver' by John Masefield

'Seaside Sensation' by DJ Enright, found in Selected Poems (OUP, 1990)

'Steeple-Jack' by Marianne Moore, found in Complete Poems (Faber and Faber, 1984)

'Sea Nymph' by Walter De La Mare, found in Collected Rhymes and Verses (Faber and Faber, 1970)

To find out more about our Free Weekend Poetry Readings, click here.

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