The Oxford English Dictionary says:
heave of the sea: the force exerted by the swell of the sea in quickening, retarding, or altering a vessel’s course.
So the ship was heaved by the sea and this caused the woman to fall, perhaps when she was walking along the gangplank to or from the jetty.
What have the moon and the sun to do with it? These celestial ...
Simone Biles just made history this week, and pictures of her performance made me think.
Look at her saluting:
Now look at an upended ship (that's a painting of the Titanic, made by Filson Young):
These postures look pretty similar, aren't they? The body is all stretched up, impressively lengthened.
Now, Hughes maybe didn't have a gymnast salute in mind, ...
After thinking of it for a while, I'd like to shed some poetic light on it.
1. Similiar usage
I got reminded of another similiar usage of the "de-" prefix in another Ted Hughes' Crow poem, called "Crow's Account of St. George":
[...] He refrigerates an emptiness,
Decreates all to outer space [...]
The word "Decreates" is Hughes' neologism, using the ...
Here’s how I understand these lines. I’ve added punctuation and put some plausible elisions in brackets to clarify the sense and syntax. I’ve resolved the paradox in the second line by taking “face upwards” to be literal and “face downwards” to be metaphorical.
He abandoned his grin to them, his grimace [too].
In his face-upwards body, he lay [as if] ...
‘Dark simple curtain’ is a metaphor for death: a curtain shuts out the light, and comes down at the end of a performance. ‘Simple’ means ‘uncomplicated’ but also has an archaic sense of ‘medicine’, which could allude to the idea of death as a cure for all ills.
The difficult bit is ‘natural economy’. The post suggests that it alludes to the price of ...
The image in this line is a synecdoche: it is not the ship itself that is saluting as it goes down, but its captain (or officers, or crew). The comparison to a “stuntman” indicates that we are to imagine the event taking place in a movie: as the model of the ship’s upper works disappears under the surface of the water tank in the studio’s back lot, it is the ...