The vast blue ocean and its cool waters have long inspired poets as have adventures at sea. Here is a collection of ocean quotes and ocean-related poems.
Ocean Quotes and Poems about the Ocean
- "Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure..... " Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
- "I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds Have rived the knotty oaks, and I have seen The ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam." - Julius Caeser - William Shakespeare
- "On the ocean's star-lit waters, Where the winds a-weary die. Slowly, silently we wandered."- "The Village Street" - Edgar Allan Poe
- "Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?" - The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
- "And Thou, vast Ocean! on whose awful face Time’s iron feet can print no ruin-trace, By breezes lull’d, or by the storm-blasts driv’n, Thy majesty uplifts the mind to heaven." - Robert Montgomery
- "The Ocean" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Ocean" poem discusses lost sailors. It contains the lines: "Beneath their own blue sea. The ocean solitudes are blest, For there is purity."
- "Seashore" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
This poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson include the lines: "Behold the Sea, The opaline, the plentiful and strong, Yet beautiful as is the rose in June,"
- "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Coleridge's famous poem contains the lines: "Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink."
- "By the Sea" by Emily Dickinson
Dickinson's sea poem includes the lines:
"The mermaids in the basement
Came out to look at me
And frigates in the upper floor
Extended hempen hands"
- "The Shark" by Lord Alfred Douglas
Douglas's shark poem begins: "A treacherous monster is the Shark He never makes the least remark."
- "A Jelly-Fish" by Marianne Moore
Moore's poem about a jellyfish begins: "Visible, invisible, A fluctuating charm, An amber-colored amethyst"
- "The Fisher's Boy" by Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's poem contains the lines: "The middle sea contains no crimson dulse, Its deeper waves cast up no pearls to view;"