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The sea remembers...

 
 
Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 03:10 am
I heard a poem a few years ago that used "the sea remembers" with poetic repetition to great effect.

I can't find this poem and know nothing else of it other than the few seconds I heard of it on the video.

Anyone have any idea?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 04:11 am
Only ghost of an idea is Louise Bogan's "Night", which I can't find online, but she does use repetition, and it is about the sea.


Here's a description, which frankly doesn't sound too much like waht you seek, but it's all I can think of:

"Night” (1968), unlike the heavier sound patterns of “The Dragonfly,” shimmers with s’s and repeated breathy w sounds. Encompassed in a single sentence, the four-stanza verse gradually diminishes from six lines per stanza to five, then four as it affirms the timeless grandeur of nature. Set in the balance of life forms that inhabit the mating of salt water with fresh water, the estuary becomes the coastal pulse point, forever renewing itself with a steady, reassuring beat. The abrupt contrast of tidal rhythm with human circulation emerges from a direct address to the reader. Beginning with “O” as she did in “The Roman Fountain,” Bogan pulls back from the shoreline to “narrowing dark hours,” when the spirit is too obsessed with dwindling mortality to take comfort in communion with nature."
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 04:12 am
Just found it, and it isn't:


Night
The cold remote islands
And the blue estuaries
Where what breathes, breathes
The restless wind of the inlets,
And what drinks, drinks
The incoming tide;

Where shell and weed
Wait upon the salt wash of the sea,
And the clear nights of stars
Swing their lights westward
To set behind the land;

Where the pulse clinging to the rocks
Renews itself forever;
Where, again on cloudless nights,
The water reflects
The firmament’s partial setting;

—O remember
In your narrowing dark hours
That more things move
Than blood in the heart.



No more clues, sorry.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 04:51 am
The only other information I may have is that I think it was a contemporary author from the UK.
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happycat
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 05:17 am
I have a book entitled The Sea Remembers - Shipwrecks and Archaeology and I looked through it thinking maybe the poem was quoted, but alas, no.

I tried.
Smile
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Roberta
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 06:45 am
Try Anthem by Helen Humphreys (Canadian poet). I looked and couldn't find a copy of the text online, but the poem contains a line similar to the one you're looking for.
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 06:51 am
John Masefield. 1878-

98. Sea-Fever

I MUST down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide 5
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life.
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife; 10
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 06:56 am
FROM SPARKNOTES ONLINE:


I need major help! I'm doing an analysis on a poem called Night by Louise Bogan and I just do not get this poem at all. Can you please do a line by line analysis for me? I just need what each line means not all the literary devices used. I desperately need this help. Here is how it goes.

heres some extra info its like the background info. You should read this before you analyze poem.
The power of the sea pulses throughout the lives of the villagers in the novel, for the sea gives both life and death. At the novel's conclusion, Remedios ( A character in the book A Place Where the Sea Remembers by Sandra Benitez) waits patiently at the seashore, contemplating the mysteries of life as the sun sets slowly. In the following poem, the speaker reflects, upon the mysterious and powerful rythms of the sea

Thanks Again!

Night
by Louise Bogan

The Cold remote islands
And the blue estuaries
Where what breathes, breathes
The restless wind of the inlets
And what drinks, drinks
The incoming tide;

Where shell and weed
Wait upon the salt wash of the sea,
And the clear nights of stars
Swing their lights westward
To set behind the land;

Where the clinging to the rocks
Renews itself forever;
Where, again on cloudless nights,
The water reflects
the firmament's partial setting;

-O remember
In your narrowing dark hours
That more things move
Than blood in the heart.

Online at Sparknotes
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 08:00 am
The Sea Remembers


The sea remembers all that we bury: ancient
treasures from lost cities, raised for wonder
and inspection now and again,
then tossed back forgotten;
songs of children and dogs played
on kite winds one day in April;
every tide that turned tail and ran back
into the next wave; all the shells that called
our dreams when no one else would listen.

The sea remembers: beach races; camp fires;
crab legs dipped in red wine, hibachi fired,
sucked until all we tasted was fingers stuck in sand;
pirates and their plunder.

The sea remembers my name
for I am the wind in winter,
summer's gentle breeze,
child walking in wonder,
grey gull and heron wild.

I am woman. I know and hold
secret the closed seashell.
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 08:19 am
I'm not sure the previous poem is the one you are looking for.

I believe it could be George Mackay Brown, Scottish poet.

"Like an ancient harp, the sea remembers"
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 05:19 pm
Francis wrote:
I'm not sure the previous poem is the one you are looking for.

I believe it could be George Mackay Brown, Scottish poet.

"Like an ancient harp, the sea remembers"


This might be it, I think the accent might have been Scottish but he seems a bit old and the line didn't go like that to my memory.

It was about water flowing in a river to the sea... gotta find this.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 05:32 pm
This doesn't have the lines you specify, but what the hell:

Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For through from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.


-- Alfred Tennyson
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 05:49 pm
Gotta say, Francis, that I loved that first poem.
A lot.

Writing it down to hang on the wall in Anna Maria, Fl.

Joe(More fitting for a New England strand but still...)Nation
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 05:53 pm
I love the phrase just by itself.




What Craven was just saying rings a bell, but probably just a soundalike rhythm-sounds bell.
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2007 11:46 pm
Craven de Kere wrote:
It was about water flowing in a river to the sea... gotta find this.


Maybe this:

WHERE MANY RIVERS MEET

All the water below me came from above.
All the clouds living in the mountains
gave it to the rivers
who gave it to the sea, which was their dying.

And so I float on cloud become water,
central sea surrounded by white mountains,
the water salt, once fresh,
cloud fall and stream rush, tree roots and tide bank
leading to the rivers' mouths
and the mouths of the rivers sing into the sea,
the stories buried in the mountains
give out into the sea
and the sea remembers
and sings back
from the depths
where nothing is forgotten.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 10 Aug, 2007 01:47 am
Well, if that one isn't it, maybe if you could think more about the video and what it was about etc.


The poem might be traceable if we can identify the video.
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massmutual
 
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Reply Fri 10 Aug, 2007 12:43 pm
http://www.poemhunter.com/song/the-river-must-flow/


The River Must Flow

(the river must flow)
I love you, you're the one that I adore
And no man could love you more
It's like a river that flows to the sea

I need you like the jasmine needs the rain
Let your water cool my pain
Just like a river that flows to the sea

Thru love I will find the meaning of you
All my nat'ral dreams will come true
It's like a river that flows to the sea

Thru love I will find a meaning in life
But the rain must fall down tonight
And like a river that flows to the sea

Oh yeah, the river must flow from me
(the river must flow)
From me
(the river must flow)

You're a falling star burning in my heart
Ah,ah

Thru love I will find the meaning of you
All my nat'ral dreams will come true
It's like a river that flows to the sea

Thru love I will find a meaning in life
But the rain must fall down tonight
And like a river that flows to the sea

Oh yeah, the river must flow from me
(the river must flow)
From me
(the river must flow)
(the river must flow)
(the river must flow)
From me (the river must flow)
From me (the river must flow)
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massmutual
 
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Reply Fri 10 Aug, 2007 12:45 pm
Craven

if that's th poem you were looking for can you answer my Q under Web Development / form mail ??

thanks have a good day
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massmutual
 
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Reply Fri 10 Aug, 2007 12:59 pm
sorry that s the lik with my question
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http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=38549&highlight=
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Sat 11 Aug, 2007 01:39 pm
Francis wrote:

Maybe this:

WHERE MANY RIVERS MEET

All the water below me came from above.
All the clouds living in the mountains
gave it to the rivers
who gave it to the sea, which was their dying.

And so I float on cloud become water,
central sea surrounded by white mountains,
the water salt, once fresh,
cloud fall and stream rush, tree roots and tide bank
leading to the rivers' mouths
and the mouths of the rivers sing into the sea,
the stories buried in the mountains
give out into the sea
and the sea remembers
and sings back
from the depths
where nothing is forgotten.


That has to be it, in the recital I saw he repeated "the sea remembers" 3 times. Thanks!

massmutual wrote:

if that's th poem you were looking for can you answer my Q under Web Development / form mail ??


I answered it before reading this thread.
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