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The Kraken by Alfred Tennyson


This poem is an irregular sonnet that describes a massive creature who lives "far far beneath" the sea. It is made up of one stanza with the rhyme scheme ABABCDDCEFEAAFE. The story of the Kraken is well known to fisherman and anyone who loves Johnny Depp films, but this poem gives us a unique look at the creature beneath the sea.


The Kraken

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die. 

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Literary Movement
Victorian, 19th Century

Animal, Sea, Nature

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