Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate CoombsI must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
its always ourselves we find in the sea.
Admission: I have a great weakness for sea poetry. Like Melvilles Ishmael, when my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking peoples hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. Or at least to seek out some nautical literature.
And sea poets, in turn, seem to have a weakness for formal meter and rhyme. Maybe its something about the rhythm of the sea itself, but look at those two excerpts above, from poems by John Masefield and e. e. cummings. Dont they just capture the great, surging rhythm of the worlds oceans? I think so.
So it was with great pleasure that I opened Water Sings Blue to find that Kate Coombs has chosen to write about the sea in rhyming, metered verse. It feels like theres not a lot of serious modern childrens poetry that rhymes. Plenty of light verse and nonsense verse rhymes, of course. But when childrens poets get all SRS BSNS, they seem to feel the need to do so in free verse.
Not that Water Sings Blue is uniformly serious. To paraphrase one of the reviews, it has as many moods as the sea. While the individual poems vary in tone, though, they are united by the poets arresting use of imagery and metaphor. Please, O Lord, entreats a fish in Prayer of the Little Fish. Protect me from / the high, dry, breathless air. Breathless air, yall. That knocks me out.
At its best, the musicality of Coombs language adds another layer of meaning to the poems. In Sands Story she writes, Now we grind and we grumble / humbled and grave, / at the touch of our breaker / and maker, the wave. All that alliteration and internal rhyme just reinforces the relentlessness of a force that slowly crumbles mountains.
And yet... and yet. Despite the gorgeousness of the language, despite the stunning imagery... not all of this verse scans properly. In fact, quite often, it doesnt. Im going shopping at the tide pool. / They carry everything there - My, that feels awkward. Incongruously awkward, given the talent of the poet and her attention to detail otherwise.
Ultimately, though, the weird scansion is not nearly enough to sink this pretty little book. No pun intended. Content trumps form for me, so its definitely among my top ten of the year. As for Newbery... well, its a strong year and poetry rarely medals, but Id be happy to see a silver Honor sticker on the cover of this one.
(Cross-posted from For Those About to Mock)
The ocean has had a very significant role in poetry since the dawn of poetry itself. The ocean — both wild and calm, dangerous and beautiful — is a made up of contradictions and mystery. Ocean poems can not only be dedicated to capturing the heart of sea, but to metaphors for love and trauma, among many other things. More than that, the ocean has played a role in the history of many cultures, making it a setting that is both intimately personal, and vastly universal. Unsurprisingly then, poetry about the ocean takes many shapes.
A simile uses the words "like" or "as" to compare two things which are not alike. This poetic device can create a picture in the reader's mind which instantly communicates what the writer is trying to describe, and a poem with a simile can also make it more interesting and entertaining. What is simile in poetry? Poetic simile simply uses the comparison of two different things with descriptive language in a poem. Children can write simile poems to describe a variety of items and situations in their lives. Some common topics and simile examples in poetry include family members, favorite foods, sports or other hobbies, animals, themselves and emotions. Similes are used in funny poetry and serious poetry.
The ocean is a metaphor, For emotions. Not completely understood and drags you places without you even realizing you are moving. So much is beneath the ocean surface, so much is beneath a smile. No one really knows expect for those that live in it or live through it. Ironically the ocean is salty; as are tears.
These Beach Simile poems are examples of Simile poetry about Beach. These are the best examples of Simile Beach poems.
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Ocean, Emotions, Air, Love, Volcanos, You Erupt. - Poem by Tiffani Williams
Three quarters of the earth's surface is covered by water. The ocean conceals billions of creatures interacting in ways that we will never fully understand. Much of the ocean is mysterious. We cruise along on boats on the ocean's surface, and sit on beaches watching the ocean's surf meet the land. One of the great things about the ocean is that we cannot build on it. It will remain a vast open space perfect for contemplation.