Poetry Friday: The Mermaid

4 responses on “Poetry Friday: The Mermaid”

  1. TadMack says:

    We read this in school, and it’s so… romantic, I could imagine all of the 18th/19th century girls reading it and thinking that they, too, could have mermen chasing them and one taking them away… all very chastely, of course, except it’s really not!

  2. What TadMack said – and yeah, it’s really not chaste at all. And there’s a knowing quality to the woman’s voice, wanting to frolic in the deep with all the mermen. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Re: TadMack says:

    See, and I always joke with my boyfriend that I’m one of those mermaids who comes ashore and you can steal her cap/tail and trap her on land with you, and that he did that to me. Which is not at all running off with a merman, even a little.

  4. Ooh, racy! This has some wonderful imagery. I especially like:

    Till that great sea-snake under the sea
    From his coiled sleeps in the central deeps
    Would slowly trail himself sevenfold


    And we all know what Freud would say about that snake…:>)

    Thanks for sharing!


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