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"At the Sea-Side" by Robert Louis Stevenson

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A Poem for Children

Courtesy of: http://www.storyit.com/Classics/JustPoems/atseaside.htm





"At the Seaside"



~Robert Louis Stevenson





When I was down beside the sea

A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.

My holes were empty like a cup,
In every hole the sea came up,


An expression in which words are used out of their literal meaning or out of their ordinary use in order to add beauty or emotional intensity or to transfer the poet's sense impressions by comparing or identifying one thing with another that has a meaning familiar to the reader. One important figure of speech is a simile.

     A simile is a direct comparison of two things using the words "like" or "as."

Example: The waves are as big as giants. (This
           that the waves in the sea are very large.)
     When we talk about imagery, we are talking about our five senses --- sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. The imagery in a poem helps us to experience what the poet is describing. Note: these words are often adjectives that describe a noun or pronoun.

1. Which line has a simile in it?
2. What words are imagery words?
3. What came up in every hole?
4. What did they give him?
5. In the last two lines, what words rhyme?