Re: Sea Change & etymological sources

Dorothy J. Cattle (cattledj@WFU.EDU)
Mon, 20 Nov 1995 12:59:31 -0500

You wanted to know exactly where in The Tempest the phrase "sea change"
occurs. It is in Act I, Scene 2, #12:

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

I have four-field training in anthro and don't claim any Shakespeare
expertise. Others can interpret. Since I don't talk ot Bill Gates daily
[nor ever to Newt], still others can comment on their usage of the phrase.