Poems of the Sea is tonal and easy to listen to, even, in the opinion of some, conventional, as Bloch himself intended. Waves depicts the feature of the title, gently rolling towards the shore, swelling and drawing back. in the middle section there is a simple melody, a moment when the sea is quiet, but not for long. Chanty is like a folk-song, with an Irish tang to it and a touch of melancholy, while At Sea allows the composer to indulge in a mood of gusto and panache. Great waves surge forward, strong and unbridled in exhilarating music, in which one can almost feel the wind and the spray blown in one's face.