After a stint on a commercial voyage, James Fenimore Cooper served in the U.S. Navy as a midshipman, where he learned the technology of managing sailing vessels which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. Cooper, beloved though he is as a novelist, hasn’t drawn much attention for his poetry. Here is one of his pieces expressing his appreciation for a beautiful ship, taken from his 1830 novel “The Water-Witch”.
Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry)
James Fenimore Cooper (1789 – 1851)
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