Yesterday I was on about how often the sound of the poem is just as important, if not more important, than the semantics of it. Read this next poem and take note of the mixture of a flowing rhythm and coarse consononts. This is from Herman Melville who, until today, I did not know wrote poetry. Later in the poem he uses a cool line “in white triple tiers of glittering gates,” to describe the shark’s teeth.
About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
The sleak little pilot-fish, azure and slim,
How alert in attendance be.
–Herman Melville, from The Maldive Shark.