“The Spirits of your fathers
Shall start from every wave –
For the deck it was their field of fame,
And Ocean was their grave”
I found this excerpt from the poem Ye Mariners of England by Thomas Campbell to be very interesting. Campbell does an exceptional job at helping you depict a picture of what is going on. The first and second line are talking about how the Spirits of past sailors are greeting their fellow sailors. The third line is stating that the deck of their ship is what they are best known for since that is where they conduct their battles. The men on deck during battle would fire cannons at other ships and would have sword fights with others sailors. The last line is saying that the ocean is the grave of the sailors that do not make it in battle. I find it interesting that Campbell calls the ocean their grave even though they didn’t go through a proper burial.