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Adele Geras

One of my fave poems since I was about 8,! Learned it by heart then and am still word perfect...learning poems as kid gives you treasures in your head as you approach 70! Happy Nat. Poetry day!

Cornflower

One of my top favourites, too, and I love John Ireland's setting of it - perfect!

Sue

One of my favourites too along with Cargoes. Thank you.

Cornflower

Snap! I was swithering between Sea Fever and Cargoes, because I love it too, but I don't think I have any good boat pictures to go with the latter!

Lyn

Lovely poem & Bryn Terfel sings the Ireland setting beautifully.

Ann

I agree with Adele - the poems I learnt off by heart when young (thank you UK Poetry Society!) are still as fresh as ever. Wish I'd learnt more then! The photograph goes so well with the poem - it's lovely. Thank you.

Barbara

We sang it at school, so I can't read the poem without singing it in my head! I love it, also Cargoes, another I can sing right through. What a nice choice.

Margaret Powling

Yes, one of my favourite poems, too! I'm not a great poetry fan (much preferring prose), but this one is superb.

Liz Davey

Oh dear. I read the first line and immediately thought of Spike Milligan's take on this poem. Shame faced ...

Cornflower

Amazing how these things 'stick', isn't it?

Cornflower

Off to find that recording! Thank you, Lyn.

Cornflower

The rain and wind that day were something to behold, but great fun was had by humans and canines!

Cornflower

Glad I chose what seems to be a favourite for many, Margaret.

Cornflower

I don't know the Spike Milligan version, Liz, but perhaps I'd better not go in search of it!

Lindsay

One of my mother's favourites - and read at her funeral by my friend Dominic.

Cornflower

A very good choice on both counts, I should think.

Erika

Yes!

Cargoes, Sea Fever and, for me, also "The Night Mail and some of Vachel Lindsay's Lindsay's poems. ("Death is an elephant, torch-eyed and terrible...") They have the compulsive memorability of nursery rhymes. Is it the underlying rhythm that seems connected to singing and dancing?

Erika

P.S.

Do go to the Spike Milligan--you will love it.

Mrs. Pom

Your accompanying photo of the labs by the sea gave me such a rush of wanderlust that I almost ditched work and threw my two into the car to drive straight to Cape Cod. Alas, practicality prevailed. Thanks for the sea change!

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