What are the prevailing weather conditions when Sir Ralph returns to the shore of Scotland in the poem The Inchcape Rock by Robert Southey?
The twelfth stanza of the poem describes the gloomy atmosphere on the day the Rover is sailing to Scotland. The sun is hidden behind the thick fog. Strong winds were blowing all the day, and now, in the evening it has stopped blowing. The Rover can’t see land as it is very dark now. But he assures his crew members that the moon will appear soon and so there will be light.
Then one of Ralph’s men says that he hears the roaring sound of the waves breaking against something. So, he hopes they should be near the shore. He also regrets that the Inchcape Bell is no more, as it could guide them in this situation. But no sound was there. The tides were strong. The Rover and his team are drifting along with the ship.