The Oxford Book of the Sea

The Oxford Book of the Sea

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"The Seafarer", one of the earliest poems in the English language, makes the perfect embarkation point for this voyage through the literature of the sea in all its guises. The practical business of Renaissance exploration gives way to the gentlemanly pursuit of 18th-century sea travel, only for this tranquility to be swept aside by the archetypal storms of the Romantics. The 19th century saw such professional sailors as Melville, Conrad and Masefield use the sea as a striking setting for heroism and adventure, while in more recent times fathoming the mystery and meaning of the sea has been the territory of poets and oceanographers. Well-known for his deep knowledge of the literature of the sea, Jonathan Raban has written a lively and perceptive introduction that pays particular attention to the differences between British and American ways of looking at the sea.show more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 130 x 195mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192827553
  • 9780192827555