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The Ocean by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Transcript of The Ocean by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Ocean by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,
Beneath them there is none.
The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;
And there are those for whom we weep,
The young, the bright, the fair.

Calmly the wearied seamen rest
Beneath their own blue sea.
The ocean solitudes are blest,
For there is purity.
The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
Unquiet are its graves;
But peaceful sleep is ever there,
Beneath the dark blue waves
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Second Stanza
Metaphors
"And there are those for whom we weep,
The young, the bright, the fair."

This is a metaphor for the loss of loved ones that passed too early. We know they have passed to early by the second part of the quote "The young, the bright, the fair."
Continued
This poem is about the death and afterlife that take place under the sea and the peace that comes with it.

Mainly talks about the calmness and purity of the afterlife and how it is more pure than the resting on the earths surface.

Broken into 2 stanzas with an ABABCDCDEFEGHIHI Rhyme Scheme

The speaker is someone who has experienced a loss at sea and is telling his or her story.
Broad Summary and The Speaker
"The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;"
The opening statement is a metaphor for graves and resting places for those who have died at sea.
"Though there be fury on the waves,
Beneath them there is none.
The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;"
He then goes into saying that even if their is warfare or treacherous weather on the surface underneath it is peaceful and quiet. In the next two lines it goes into saying that those who have lost their life at sea rest in the deep and that is where they find peace with their creator. "Hold their communion" is obviously a religious metaphor and indicated that this is their home for the afterlife and where they rest with Jesus Christ.


"Calmly the wearied seamen rest
Beneath their own blue sea.
The ocean solitudes are blest,
For there is purity."

The victims of a shipwreck rest beneath the sea. This is seen as a blessing because everything is pure and uneffected by human influence.
"The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
Unquiet are its graves;
But peaceful sleep is ever there,
Beneath the dark blue waves."

Continuing on the same path the speaker says that on earth graves have no piece and therefore neither do any of the resting souls. But under the surface in the ocean the resting souls are peaceful and never disturbed.



Tone and Themes

The tone of this poem is calm and peaceful but at the same time comes from a dark and sad plot.
"The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;"

The theme is natures affect on the afterlife and the positives of resting on the bottom of the sea.
"The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;"


http://vladimirkagan.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a633cf02970b0192abed5e1f970d-500wi

http://www.glitterrock.org/2010/po-2010-08/po-2010-08-006-373-160.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/SS_Austria_shipwreck.jpg


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