The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep,
And round the pebbly beaches far and wide
I heard the first wave of the rising tide
Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;
A voice out of the silence of the deep,
A sound mysteriously multiplied
As of a cataract from the mountain’s side,
Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.
So comes to us at times, from the unknown
And inaccessible solitudes of being,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;
And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine of foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Sound of the Sea

1 Comment

  1. K R Kella says:

    Thru his excellent detailed imagery the dude personifies feelings about the sea that I believe we all have felt. A brooding, restless, somewhat foreboding exigency , which moves to its own beat.

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