“O ye! who have your eyeballs vexed and tired,
Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;”
John Keats got it right. Advice for our times.
Moving from Leeds to Morecambe has done my mental (and physical) health a world of good.
A friend of mine recently described living by the sea as being ‘good for the soul’.
Loving the sea apparently makes me a ‘thalassophile’.
The word comes from Ancient Greek θάλασσα (thálassa, “sea”) and Latin -phila, from Ancient Greek φίλος (phílos, “dear, beloved”).
So being a bibliophile, too, I can’t resist stories and poems about the sea.
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Light Between Oceans – M. L. Stedman
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Ariel’s song (Full Fathom Five) – Shakespeare
Fell – Jenn Ashworth
Do you like being by the sea? Reading about the sea?
Let me know in the comments below.