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There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul... Options
Daemon
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There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)
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Notice how Melville doesn't assign a gender when speaking about the sea. This absence left me wondering, especially when I felt the emotional pull of his words..
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Notice how Melville doesn't assign a gender when speaking about the sea. This absence left me wondering, especially when I felt the emotional pull of his words..
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Ships are named for women. Personally, I think of the sea as a man.
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Immense, powerful, mysterious, forbidding and capricious is the sea, luring many a fine sailing men to eternal rest beneath thee.

"Now" is the eternal present.
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Chevegas wrote:
Ships are named for women. Personally, I think of the sea as a man.
i think Chevegas is right
Bully_rus
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If you're feeling a sweet mystery about some hidden soul beneath then you're doomed or close to it.
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Franklyn Wesley wrote:
Chevegas wrote:
Ships are named for women. Personally, I think of the sea as a man.
i think Chevegas is right

named 'for' or named 'after' women? (Drag me out of the moon's shadow and bring me forth whence the sun shineth brightest)

I am not a genius. I am just a tremendous bundle of experience - Richard Fuller.
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Boo hoo! beautiful
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Ships are named FOR, AFTER and BY women:



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Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 10:19:34 AM

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Daemon wrote:
There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)


Hark! Poseidon is calling you...
capitán
Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 11:03:26 AM

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Daemon wrote:
There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

--- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Who dares to translate the unuttered words of the Sea and put a name to each of its mysteries?
To me it speaks with the nostalgic caress of sadness, to others with the mighty terror of freedom or an unbearable pain.


Whitman wrote of the Sea in a beautifully descriptive way...

"The tones of unseen mystery—the vague and vast suggestions of the briny world—the liquid-flowing syllables,
The perfume, the faint creaking of the cordage, the melancholy rhythm,
The boundless vista, and the horizon far and dim, are all here,
And this is Ocean’s poem."
… … …

J. R. R. Tolkien also held a special kind of love and admiration for the Sea,
and was speechless at the hearing of its words…

“It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth;
and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.”
… … …

James Joyce knew that words weren't really enough to talk about all the emotions ignited by the Sea,
instead, he was rather practical when describing our emotions when gazing at the sea…

“The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea.”
… … …

I don't try to translate its message or give an explanation to its majesty.
For lack of a better word, I name it a miracle, a continual miracle,
as it is described in this poem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh_Q2oC9cMQ
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 1:32:51 PM

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Daemon wrote:
There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)


Gently. Gently, he says. He should come to the west coast of the UK today. Mr/Mrs/Ms Sea is just awful.

I remember, therefore I am.
Professor
Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 5:42:03 PM

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Powerful words. The sea does seem to have its own soul deep within. The swells are gentle but ominous during calm times and down right terrifying during storms. We know less about the oceans than we do about the moon. Isn't that a scary thought.

"You reveal your character by what you do with what you have."
Absurdicuss
Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 9:08:57 PM

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Fabulous posts everyone! High five to Capitan for your palate.



Professor wrote:
Powerful words. The sea does seem to have its own soul deep within. The swells are gentle but ominous during calm times and down right terrifying during storms. We know less about the oceans than we do about the moon. Isn't that a scary thought.



Professor, your observations set me to pondering that the stirring in our souls at the sights, smells and sounds of the sundering sea may be due to the watery content of our being.





"Now" is the eternal present.
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