1] phlegmatical: cold, sluggish.
2] Maldive sea: the Indian Ocean around the Maldive islands.
5] saw-pit: so-called from the shovel-nose. maw: stomach.
8] Gorgonian: like the Gorgons, monstrous women with snakes for hair who turned anyone looking on them into stone.
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Original text: Collected Poems of Herman Melville, ed. Howard P. Vincent (Chicago: Packard, 1947): 200. PS 2382 V5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1888
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/6/2
Rhyme: abcbdefe ...
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