Sound of the Sea
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
interpreted by Aneesh Venkat
sea awoke at midnight from its sleep,
round the pebbly beaches far and wide
heard the first wave of the rising tide
onward with uninterrupted sweep;
voice out of the silence of the deep,
sound mysteriously multiplied
of a cataract from the mountain's side,
roar of winds upon a wooded steep.
comes to us at times, from the unknown
inaccessible solitudes of being,
rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;
inspirations, that we deem our own,
some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing
things beyond our reason or control.
Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Born on
Feb 27, 1807 and died on March 24, 1882. Attended Portland Academy. He
wrote many, many, poems including "Paul Rever's Ride". Very
prolific New England poet.
Vocabulary: Cataract - a large or high waterfall
- stimulation of the mind
- a high level of feeling
Type of poem: Petrarchan Sonnet
Speaker: A lonely man reflecting about the
depths of the soul who is thinking about analogies for it
Audience: General Audience
Tone: Extremely uncertain; after reading
it's still an enigma
Meaning: Longfellow tlaks of an ocean and a deep mysterious
enamoly from the ocean. Longfellow goes onto state that the human soul
is very similar to an ocean and that from the dark depths of the soul
comes forces that we cannot control [may be slightly off, translated from
Structure of poem: - An indentation pattern
rhyming scheme (abba abba cde cde)
One octect and one sestet
Examples of poetic techniques used in the poem:
awoke at midnight from its sleep"
of a cataract from the mountain's side"
Connection between the poem and the poet's life and/or
times: First poet to use American themes and not borrow from
British; Longfellow and others began to create an American literary heritage;
not stolen from Europe
Most memorable quote from the poem: "Are some divine foreshadowing
and foreseeing / Of things beyond our reason or control"
© Smelli Notes 2001