An anthology of lyrics of the sea, of narratives, sonnets, ballads, chanties, and divers forms giving poetic expression to that particular passion. From Chaucerian times to the present, here are many famous names (Masefield, Emerson, Longfellow, Milton, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Whittier, Whitman, Shelley, Byron, Keats, W. S. Gilbert -- and among the moderns, not too modern, Santayana, Robert Bridges, Coffin, etc.) Approximately 400 poems celebrating ships and sea, fishermen and pirates, sirens and mermaids, storms and blows, etc. A lot of water at one swallow, and there is a sameness to salty sonneteering which seems to call for strongly rhythmed versification -- but among male mariners, there is a market for this. Gordon Grant pictures.