Ernest Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea', has to be one of the most accomplished accounts of a lifetime's intimacy with the sea.
Walt Whitman's O Me! O Life! is a rousing remonstrance of a self-centered life of faithless, foolish, vain, mean struggle that asks the question, where does the good lie in the midst of this endeavor?
Wanda Coleman's 'Nocturne' holds up the exertion born of necessity or stubbornness, and an awareness of the things—both internal and external—that impede momentum.