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Watching for Dolphins Summary & Analysis
by David Constantine

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"Watching for Dolphins" is a poem by contemporary English poet David Constantine, published in his 1983 collection of the same name. The poem details the experience of a group of passengers watching for wild dolphins aboard a ship bound for Piraeus, Greece. Constantine uses this premise to explore themes of isolation and connection, the role of imagination in ordinary life, and the desire for intense, meaningful encounters with the natural world. The passengers' desire to see dolphins eventually comes to symbolize their longing for spiritual epiphany, connectedness, and a sense of profound, communal purpose.

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