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On the Sea Summary & Analysis
by John Keats

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John Keats wrote "On the Sea" while he was taking a holiday on the Isle of Wight in 1817. His friend John Reynolds submitted it to a London newspaper, The Champion, on his behalf; the paper published the poem later that year. In this sonnet, a speaker advises that people who are worn out and irritated by the "uproar" of daily life should go and sit quietly beside the ocean for a while. The sea's vastness, mystery, and power, the speaker suggests, can refresh even the noisiest mind—and open people up to a wider world of imagination.

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