The Sea

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THE SEA by James Reeves The main idea of The Sea by James Reeves is that the sea is similar to a dog in so many ways. They both share similar characteristics and behaviour. In fact, one can look at this poem as one long metaphor, mainly focusing on the similarity between the sea and the dog. The very first line of the first stanza spells out the metaphor quite clearly: “The sea is a hungry dog”. Moreover, the rest of the poem reinforces this idea by frequently referring to a dog’s physionomy: teeth, jaws, gnaws, bones, paws, sounds (howls, snores, licking, moans), and movement (rolls, bounds to his feet, shaking his wet sides). In the first stanza, the angry sea is described as a hungry dog who is gnawing at a …show more content…
On the other hand, the sea can also be very dangerous in stormy nights when there are gales just as the dog can be uncontrollable when it’s in an energetic mood.
2. To give life to his poem, Reeves uses a number of literary tools. The poem is in fact famous for its lavish use of onomatopoeias, or sound words, to describe the poem vividly: “clashing”, “rumbling”, “roars”, “sniffs”, “snores”
Throughout the poem, Reeves used one assonance of "o" and one alliteration of
"s." The assonance of "o" falls in line 14 -- "And howls and hollows long and loud."
The use of many o 's create a sound similar to echoes, which is similar to what the line is about. This could be referring to the echoes produced by dogs as they howl or the successive movement of the waves, one wave echoing another.
In the last lines, lines 19-20, there is an alliteration/a case of consonance of "s":
“He lies on the sandy shores, / So quiet, so quiet, he scarcely snores” Similar to the assonance, it reflects what the line is about. In this line, the sea-dog is sleeping. So,
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