The Seafarer Essays
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The poem opens with the Seafarer, who recalls his travels at sea. He tells how he endured the hardships when he was at sea. The Seafarer remembers that when he would be overwhelmed and saturated by the sharpness of cliffs and wilderness of waves when he would take the position of night watchman at the bow of the ship. He narrates that his feet would get frozen. His insides would atrophy by hunger that could only be understood by a...
ALIENATION AND LONELINESS The first part of the poem is an elegy. It is generally portraying longings and sorrow for the past. The main theme of an elegy is longing. “The Seafarer” thrusts the readers into a world of exile, loneliness, and hardships. The speaker describes the feeling of alienation in terms of suffering and physical privation. For instance, the speaker says that “My feet were cast / In icy bands, bound with frost, / With frozen chains, and hardship...
The Seafarer starts recalling his travels, and how he has endured much hardship during his time at sea. When he would take the position of night watchman at the prow (or bow) of his ship, he would be drenched and overwhelmed by the wildness of the waves and the sharpness of the cliffs. His feet would be frozen, and his insides ravaged by hunger in a way only seamen can understand. The Seafarer claims that land-dwellers cannot comprehend the pain...