You Can Hear the Ocean: An Anthology of Classic and Current Poetry

You Can Hear the Ocean: An Anthology of Classic and Current Poetry


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Since the dawn of language, poets have celebrated the majestic immensity of Earth’s oceans, the powerful waters that create and destroy, the intense drama and soothing gentleness of waves, the dangerous voyages to distant shores, and the indelible sensory memories set on shifting sandy beaches drenched in sunshine.

This collection joins the verse of renowned poets with the voices of select modern writers, all inspired by the ceaseless splendor of the sea.

Includes a reading guide for teachers and book groups, and biographies of the poets inside.


Dante Alighieri

Joseph Auslander

Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

George Shepard Burleigh

Lord Byron

Bliss Carman

Stephen Crane

H. D.

Emily Dickinson

A. E.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Arthur Guiterman

Thomas Hardy

Sadakichi Hartmann

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Rudyard Kipling

Thomas S. Jones, Jr.

D. H. Lawrence

Eugene Lee-Hamilton

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

John Masefield

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Marianne Moore

Thomas Moore

John Boyle O’Reilly

Eva L. Ogden

Ezra Pound

Rainer Maria Rilke

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Alan Seeger

William Shakespeare

John Sterling

Wallace Stevens

Robert Louis Stevenson

Sara Teasdale

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Walt Whitman

Oscar Wilde

William Wordsworth

William Butler Yeats


Joel Allegretti

Carol Alena Aronoff

Janet Barry

Sidney Bending

Ben Bever

Jenny Blackford

Eloise Bruce

R. T. Castleberry

Bill Cushing

Lauren Davis

Elizabeth Ruth Deyro

Agnieszka Filipek

Marj Hahne

David Holper

Gene Hult

Clarissa Jakobsons

Marjorie Maddox

Paul Magrs

Lucinda Marshall

Stephen McGuinness

Leah Mueller

Ciarán Parkes

Winston Plowes

Suzanne S. Rancourt

Meg Smith

Alec Solomita

Alison Stone

Larry D. Thacker

Lynne Viti

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733538091
Publisher: Brighten Press
Publication date: 10/30/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,078,778
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Gene Hult is the publisher of Houston, TX-based Brighten Press, and edited this anthology. After being the managing editor of the Denver Quarterly, he worked in children's editorial in NYC for nearly 30 years. Gene has written more than 120 books published for children and young adults, mostly under his pseudonym J. E. Bright ( His first book of poetry was entitled Render, and his second, Catfish and After, is forthcoming in 2019. Please visit, or follow Gene on Twitter and Instagram @citysqwirl.

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was an Irish poet and one of the great writers of the 20th century. A pillar of the Irish literary establishment, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State. Often considered a Symbolist, he was preoccupied with metaphysics, the occult, physical and spiritual masks, mythology (especially Irish legends) as well as with cyclical theories of life, although he retained his formalism. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His poetry collections include The Wild Swans at Coole, The Tower, and The Winding Stair and Other Poems.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was American lyric poet who lived mostly in isolation with her family in Amherst, MA, and commanded an original brilliance of style and integrity of vision. Her poetry was not publicly recognized in her lifetime, but she is now considered to be one of the most important and influential 19th-century American poets and a central figure in Western literature

Table of Contents


Dante Alighieri, The Sailing of Ulysses

Joseph Auslander, I Know It Will Be Quiet When You Come

Thomas Lovell Beddoes, To Sea, to Sea!

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, A Sea-Side Walk

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Sea-Mew

George Shepard Burleigh, An Ocean Sunrise

Lord Byron, The Ocean

Bliss Carman, A Son of the Sea

Stephen Crane, The Ocean Said to Me Once

H. D., Sea Iris

Emily Dickinson, I Started Early--Took My Dog--

Emily Dickinson, I Think that the Root of the Wind Is Water--

Emily Dickinson, Exultation Is the Going

A. E., The Voice of the Sea

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Seashore

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Rock and the Sea

Arthur Guiterman, A Sea Dream

Thomas Hardy, The Convergence of the Twain

Sadakichi Hartmann, Drifting Flowers of the Sea

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Ocean

Thomas S. Jones, Jr., Dusk at Sea

Rudyard Kipling, Seal Lullaby

D. H. Lawrence, The Mystic Blue

Eugene Lee-Hamilton, Sea-Shell Murmurs

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Seaweed

John Masefield, Sea Fever

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Exiled

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Low-Tide

Marianne Moore, A Jelly-Fish

Marianne Moore, A Talisman

Thomas Moore, The Fire Worshippers

Eva L. Ogden, The Sea

John Boyle O’Reilly, The Flying Dutchman

Ezra Pound, The Sea of Glass

Rainer Maria Rilke, Song of the Sea

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Sea-Limits

Alan Seeger, On the Cliffs, Newport

William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXIV

John Sterling, The Two Oceans

Wallace Stevens, The Paltry Nude Starts on a Spring Voyage

Robert Louis Stevenson, A Visit from the Sea

Sara Teasdale, Sea Longing

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, On a Desert Island

Walt Whitman , Out of the Rolling Ocean, the Crowd

Oscar Wilde, Impression du Voyage

William Wordsworth, The Sea Shell

William Butler Yeats, The White Birds


Joel Allegretti, Gabriel the Beachcomber

Joel Allegretti, The Sea at Our Door

Carol Alena Aronoff, The Muse

Janet Barry, wrack line

Sidney Bending, Dead Zones, Dying Zones

Ben Bever, Sea-glass

Jenny Blackford, The Way the Water

Eloise Bruce, Having Uncles Named Homer

R. T. Castleberry, The Mission of Water

Bill Cushing, Sailing

Elizabeth Ruth Deyro, Let the Oceans Speak for Me

Lauren Davis, Land Not Required

Agnieszka Filipek, Mermaid

Marj Hahne, Hold Fast

David Holper, To Pewetole Island

Gene Hult, Sea Stack

Gene Hult, Seizure

Clarissa Jakobsons, California Ohms

Marjorie Maddox, Sea Side Be

Paul Magrs, Across the Ocean

Lucinda Marshall, Ebb Tide

Stephen McGuinness, Parallel

Leah Mueller, At the Memorial

Ciarán Parkes, Kelp

Winston Plowes, Orcadian

Suzanne S. Rancourt, The Shores of Methana

Meg Smith, Seafoam Witch

Alec Solomita, Another Poem about the Sea

Alec Solomita, Familiar

Alison Stone, The Sea

Larry D. Thacker, Fisherman’s Runes

Lynne Viti, Lament

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