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Sea Shell by Amy Lowell


This poem is written as a personification of a sea shell. It takes place in the Caribbean Islands during the times of pirates and treasures. Lowell uses amazing imagery to discuss the time period while using a varied rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme is ABCB-AABB-AA. The personification allows the poem to connect with children, which it does ever so well. However, this doesn't make it any less of a powerful writing. The rhythm works just as well as any other and the rhyme scheme gives that extra *something* for children to enjoy.


Sea Shell

Sea Shell, Sea Shell,
 Sing me a song, O Please!
A song of ships, and sailor men,
 And parrots, and tropical trees,

Of islands lost in the Spanish Main
Which no man ever may find again,
Of fishes and corals under the waves,
And seahorses stabled in great green caves.

Sea Shell, Sea Shell,
Sing of the things you know so well.

Published in "A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass" .

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