Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Great Regulars: [Robert Louis] Stevenson had very likely

experienced first-hand, if only as a passenger, the drama of "Christmas at Sea."

The poem first appeared in the Scots Observer in 1888, several years after the publication of the enormously successful adventure novel Treasure Island. It's a confident performance, vividly depicting, from the point of view of a crew-member, the life-or-death struggle of steering a sailing-ship through winter storms, and contrasting this with a glowingly sentimental, spy-glass view of a Victorian family Christmas.

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: Christmas at Sea by Robert Louis Stevenson


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