Spender, Stephen. "Seascape".
- the speaker describes the smooth surface of the ocean = essentially unmoving, permanent
- the ocean mirrors the objects on the shore, absorbs the sounds from the shore, and swallows the butterflies in a "ritual sacrifice"
- the ocean consumes even ships, cities, etc.
- irregularly rhymed
- the awing superiority of the ocean capable of "ritual sacrifice"
- the fearful powerfulness of the ocean capable of swallowing man-made creations
- fascination by the almost god-like quality of the ocean
- awareness of the smallness of human beings and their inconsequential actions
AuthorSpender, Stephen. (1909 - 1995).
Spender, Stephen. "Seascape". Collected Poems. 1928 - 1985. London: Faber and Faber, 1990.