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What is the main theme of the poem "The Sea" by J Reeves?

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himasuchamath | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 3, 2010 at 1:32 PM via web

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What is the main theme of the poem "The Sea" by J Reeves?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM (Answer #1)

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This poem, which is an extended metaphor, derives its meaning from this controlling metaphor, that of the sea being like a dog.  While not a particularly complex poem, "The Sea" by J. Reeves does make use of a fresh comparison with the sea and a dog; in addition, the imagery is imaginative and alive.

The second stanza particularly has strong auditory imagery and visual imagery.  For instance, the "night wind roars" and the "moon rocks."  The dog imagery fits well to the comparison to the waves that come upon the shores at night:

Shaking his wet sides over the cliffs,

And howls and hollos long and loud.

The alliteration also moves the lines forward, like waves.

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