Ruskin wrote the title as “The sea”. See System of Title Citation for Works.
MS III (p. 68), a Red Book devoted primarily to “Harry and Lucy”, Vol. 2. “The Sea” is the eighth poem in “Poetry Discriptive”.
Facsimiles by permission of John Ruskin Collection, General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Transcriptions of texts and commentary © David C. Hanson.
1827, after June.
See “Wales”: Date; and Tours of 1826–27: Wales and Scotland, 1827 for the family journey with which the poems in “Poetry Discriptive” are connected.
See also System of Date Citation.
Composition & Publication
In the travel narrative in “Harry and Lucy”, Vol. 2, the narrator mentions crossing the sea to get from Wales to Scotland, although it is not clear where this voyage occurred in the Ruskins' actual tour. See Tours of 1826–27: Wales and Scotland, 1827.
See also Poetry Descriptive for how “The Sea” and “The Storm” together form a conclusion to the anthology.