Herman Melville

Herman Melville is the famed author of Moby Dick and a few select poems. Depending on the piece of writing, Melville’s style changes significantly. There are moments where his work is filled with allusions and others in which it’s quite direct and relatable. His poetry wasn’t published till the 1860s with Battle-Pieces.

In the Prison Pen

‘In the Prison Pen’ by Herman Melville describes the life of a prisoner who is unable to recall his past life and is haunted by his present and future.


‘Misgivings’ by Herman Melville describes the state of America right before the beginning of the Civil War and the fear that many felt for the future. 

The Maldive Shark

‘The Maldive Shark’ is a poem that describes the relationship between sharks and the pilot-fish that swim along beside them.

The ribs and terrors in the whale

‘The ribs and terrors in the whale’ by Herman Melville depicts the plight of a narrator trapped within a whale, who prays to God and is then liberated.


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