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"Young Sea" Analysis
Transcript of "Young Sea" Analysis
It pounds on the shore
Restless as a young heart
The sea speaks
And only the stormy hearts
Know what it says:
It is the face
of a rough mother speaking
The sea is young
One storm cleans all the hoar
And loosens the age of it
I hear it laughing, reckless.
They love the sea,
Men who ride on it
And know they will die
Under the salt of it
Let only the young come,
Says the sea
Let them kiss my face
And hear me
I am the last word
And I tell
Where storms and stars come from.
"Young Sea" by Carl Sandburg is a poem
about the ocean. Sandburg uses beautiful language to describe the deep blue waters and its possible thoughts.
This poem can mean something different to every individual who reads it. However, a possible meaning could be the restlessness and recklessness of the heart of a young adult. The ocean and young adults have much in common. They are both moving and always hunting for more.
The tone of this poem is contemplative, and often discusses the possible thoughts of the ocean.
The mood of this poem is simply happy and sad at the same time. References to death and happiness cause the mood to be ambiguous.
"Young Sea" has a few instances of situational irony.
"It is the face/ of a rough mother speaking/The sea is young."(8-10)
"The sea is young./I am the last word"(10,22)
Stay young in your heart. If you follow this advice, you will gain the wisdom only nature holds.
Stanza 2 Analysis
"Young Sea" Analysis
Explication by: Kacey Clark
Poem by: Carl Sandburg
Stanza 1 Analysis
The sea is never still. A
It pounds on the shore B
Restless as a young heart,
Purple - Simile
The sea speaks E
And only the stormy hearts F
Know what it says: G
It is the face H
Of a rough mother speaking. I
Red - Metaphor
This is evidence contributing to the figurative meaning of the poem.
The sea is young J
One storm cleans all the hoar K
And loosens the age of it L
I hear it laughing, reckless. M
They love the sea, N
Men who ride on it O
And know they will die P
Under the salt of it. Q
Let only the young come, R
Says the sea S
Let them kiss my face T
And hear me U
I am the last word V
And I tell W
Where storms and stars come from. X
I believe that this stanza simply adds texture to the overall fabric of the poem. It does not add anything to the figurative meaning of the poem; this is strictly a stanza contributing to the literal meaning of the poem.
Stanza 3 Analysis
Stanza 4 Analysis
Stanza 5 Analysis
This poem does not have a rhyme scheme.