Nice observation, Terry. Yes, the sea is what the Gulf is -- "empty and desolate" is what its character is, indeed, at least here.
However, I don't find the Gulf claiming the old man -- he is driven by the Trades to a sleepy corner:
. . . "Gull against the wind, in the windy straits
Of Belle Isle, or running on the Horn,
White feathers in the snow, the Gulf claims,
And an old man driven by the Trades
To a sleepy corner."
--- On Thu, 3/11/10, Terry Traynor <[log in to unmask]> wrote: