Far Off-Shore

Herman Melville 1819 – 1891



Look, the raft, a signal flying,
Thin--a shred;
None upon the lashed spars lying,
Quick or dead.

Cries the sea-fowl, hovering over,
'Crew, the crew?'
And the billow, reckless, rover,
Sweeps anew!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 196
Words 35
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4

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