The Sea (Gogarty, 1937)

1.77-78, 729. Oliver St. John Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street: A Phantasy in Fact, (London: Rich & Cowan, Ltd., 1937), p.199. BL 010821.ff.38

An extract from Oliver St. J. Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street (1937), on the sea.

The fourteenth chapter of Gogarty’s book opens with an extended paean to the sea. The following brief excerpts from it, including the paraphrase of Swinburne’s epithet, are particularly relevant to a reading of Mulligan’s comments about the sea in ‘Telemachus’, as well as the gusto with which he plunges into it at 1.729:

There must be “something of the sea” all sib to my spirit. I go down to it as if there existed a understanding between us; as if the “pathetic fallacy” of external nature’s indifference were not fallacious but true. I trust myself to the sea with the abandon of a confidence I never feel on land. . . . is this peace due to the lulling movement of our prime mother, the world-enfolding sea? . . . why do I feel more at home and freer from care at sea than on land? Panics on deck move me not. I never shall be drowned. All who sail with me are safe . . .