Robert Louis Stevenson is best known for many famous works, such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
He had a great love of the ocean and spent a lot of time voyaging, particularly in the Pacific, where he would live on small islands for short periods before moving on. He eventually settled on the island of Samoa, where he lived until his death in 1894, at the age of forty-four. His passion for the sea inspired him to write much about sailing throughout his life, both in his novels, and in his poetry.
It Blows A Snowing Gale
IT blows a snowing gale in the winter of the year;
The boats are on the sea and the crews are on the pier.
The needle of the vane, it is veering to and fro,
A flash of sun is on the veering of the vane.
Autumn leaves and rain,
The passion of the gale.