Sea Poetry and Maritime Crisis
Considering the short-lived seventeenth-century vogue for “piscatorial poetry” in which fishermen replaced shepherds as ideal figures for pastoral life, this chapter on sea poetry argues that the structures of verse provided ways for sailors and poets to conceptualize the dynamic ocean. In additional to the piscatorialists, the chapter considers the opening scene of The Tempest, two verse letters by John Donne, and modern sea-poetry by Melville, Wallace Stevens, and Thomas Hardy.
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