The Sea in Nineteenth-Century English and American Literature Criticism: English Sea Literature - Essay

Carl H. Ketcham (essay date 1978)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Shelley's ‘A Vision of the Sea,’” in Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 17, No. 1, Winter, 1978, pp. 51-59.

[In the following essay, Ketcham interprets Shelley's fragment “A Vision of the Sea” as the poet's most direct artistic statement on the theme of man versus nature.]

From the time of the boyish wonderings that prompted his frustrated ghost-hunt at Warnham Church to the spectral events at Casa Magni in 1822, Shelley was probing, uneasily and persistently, at questions which stood ranged along the outer limits of his belief. Again and again he confronted, and fell short of finally resolving, a series of related problems—the scope of the individual...

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Anita Moss (essay date 1983)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Captain Marryat and Sea Adventure,” in Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3, Fall, 1983, pp. 13-15 and 30.

[In the following essay, Moss offers a brief overview of two sea adventure stories by Marryat: Masterman Ready and Mr. Midshipman Easy.]

By the time that Charles Dickens had published A Holiday Romance (1868), the stock features of sea adventure stories were so well-known that his nine-year-old character, the would-be writer Robin Redforth, can tell the adventures of one Captain Boldheart and his encounters with cannibals, pirates, and worst of all, the Latin Grammar Master (who gets boiled in a pot by the...

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Scott McEathron (essay date 1994)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Death as ‘Refuge and Ruin’: Shelley's ‘A Vision of the Sea’ and Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” in Keats-Shelley Journal, Vol. 43, 1994, pp. 170-92.

[In the following essay, McEathron examines Shelley's “A Vision of the Sea” as it relates to Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, focusing particularly on how the former poem articulates Shelley's beliefs about both death and humanity's spiritual isolation.]

It has been the persuasion of an immense majority of human beings in all ages and nations that we continue to live after death—that apparent termination of all the functions of sensitive...

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