English III assignment for the poem "The Chambered Nautilus."
In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings,And coral reefs lie bare,Where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair. (Holmes 1.6-7) The nautilus is an illustrious creature.
This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign,Sails the unshadowed main (Holmes 1.1-2) This references the journey that's about to happen.
The venturous bark that flings (Holmes 1.3) This is the adventure, where the sirens draw it to a shipwreck.
Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl;Wrecked is the ship of pearl! (Holmes 2.1-2) The nautilus has crashed and lost hope.
Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee,Child of the wandering sea (Holmes 4.1-2) We are thanking the nautilus for revealing the true value of life.
Leave thy low-vaulted past! Let each new temple, nobler than the last, Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast (Holmes 5.3-5) Holmes is telling us to learn from the past and to be more open to new opportunities