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Looking to Sea: Britain Through the Eyes of its Artists

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was a 19th Century American lecturer, philosopher and poet. This famous line is from his poem ‘ Merlin’s Song‘.

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Each of the startlingly difference pieces, created between 1912 and 2015, opens a window onto big ideas, from modernism and the sublime, the impact of the world wars and colonialism, to issues crucial to our world today like the environment and nationhood. Martin Brown Horrible Histories 30th Anniversary Exeter College: Marquee 10:00am Sat 1 Saturday, 1 April 2023 See this event

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Sea stories are often allegorical, filled with fantastic mythical beings and carrying pointed moral statements. Sea poems, too, often tend toward allegory and are naturally suited to elegy, as concerned with the metaphorical passage from this world to the next as with any actual voyage across the Earth’s oceans.

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A smart and clear-eyed set of meditations on marine gaze, made with a painterly touch worthy of the chosen artists. Empathy and intelligence lift memoir into cultural history.’ Iain Sinclair The call of the sea, the contrast between life on land and at sea, between home and the unknown, are notes rung often in the melodies of sea poetry, as in John Masefield’s often recited yearning in these well-known words from “Sea Fever” (1902):

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Walt Whitman’s famous elegy for the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln(1865) carries all its mourning in metaphors of seamen and sailing ships—Lincoln is the captain, the United States of America is his ship, and its fearful trip is the just-ended Civil War in “O Captain! My Captain!” This is an unusually conventional poem for Whitman. Don’t we all, Charlotte? The author really summed up just what it feels like to cruise in this short but memorable quote. There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay

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The Oxford Literary Festival has in my mind become the leading literary festival of the year. The organisation, the roster of speakers, the ambience and the sheer quality of it all is superb. May it now go from strength to strength each year stretching its ambition more and more. I believe it will. Mini Grey The Greatest Show on Earth Exeter College: Marquee 2:00pm Sat 1 Saturday, 1 April 2023 See this event Your thoughts, feelings and sensations are the waves of the ocean – coming and going. There are big strong waves and there are soft gentle waves; they are all water and all part of the ocean.” – Rose-Marie Sorokin, The Miracle of YesAnthony Sattin Nomads: The Wanderers who Shaped the World Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre 12:00pm Sat 1 Saturday, 1 April 2023 See this event Arthur C. Clarke was an English science-fiction write, undersea explorer and futurist. This quote about the sea refers to the fact that the ocean covers around 71% of the planet’s surface.

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