The Sea by James Reeves
‘The sea is a hungry dog,
Giant and grey.
He rolls on the beach all day.’
This poem is excellent for developing personification and metaphor. You can read the full text of this poem here.
There is a really good analysis of this poem, with biographical details about James Reeves here.
Listen to the poet reading it here.
This video has been produced with simple pictures to illustrate the words.
Classroom activities and questions:
Rehearse a class performance of the poem, with different groups working on different verses. Think about using different voices, speaking together, actions, different volume, speaking in sympathy with the words.
Draw a picture based on the words you have heard.
Look for examples of personification and metaphor in the poem.
Try replacing them with examples of your own.
Brainstorm words matching the different moods of the sea. Write your own poem about the sea.
James Reeves (1909-1978)