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Sea , The Analysis

Author: Poetry of Lewis Carroll Type: Poetry Views: 266

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There are certain things -a spider, a ghost,

The income-tax, gout, an umbrella for three -

That I hate, but the thing that I hate the most

Is a thing they call the SEA.

Pour some salt water over the floor -

Ugly I'm sure you'll allow it to be:

Suppose it extended a mile or more,

That's very like the SEA.

Beat a dog till it howls outright -

Cruel, but all very well for a spree;

Suppose that one did so day and night,

That would be like the SEA.

I had a vision of nursery-maids;

Tens of thousands passed by me -

All leading children with wooden spades,

And this was by the SEA.

Who invented those spades of wood?

Who was it cut them out of the tree?

None, I think, but an idiot could -

Or one that loved the SEA.

It is pleasant and dreamy, no doubt, to float

With `thoughts as boundless, and souls as free';

But suppose you are very unwell in a boat,

How do you like the SEA.

There is an insect that people avoid

(Whence is derived the verb `to flee')

Where have you been by it most annoyed?

In lodgings by the SEA.

If you like coffee with sand for dregs,

A decided hint of salt in your tea,

And a fishy taste in the very eggs -

By all means choose the SEA.

And if, with these dainties to drink and eat,

You prefer not a vestige of grass or tree,

And a chronic state of wet in your feet,

Then -I recommend the SEA.

For I have friends who dwell by the coast,

Pleasant friends they are to me!

It is when I'm with them I wonder most

That anyone likes the SEA.

They take me a walk: though tired and stiff,

To climb the heights I madly agree:

And, after a tumble or so from the cliff,

They kindly suggest the SEA.

I try the rocks, and I think it cool

That they laugh with such an excess of glee,

As I heavily slip into every pool,

That skirts the cold, cold SEA.


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