Identify Three Images Related To Weather In The First Stanza
Identify three images related to weather in the first part of the Anglo-Saxon poem "The Seafarer."
In the first stanza, the seafarer presents images of the hardships he has suffered at sea. He describes "smashing surf when I sweated in the cold / Of an anxious watch, perched in the bow." In this image, the surf is pounding against the boat in which the seafarer is traveling in the bow; he anxiously watches the waves. He is so cold that he is covered with condensation, perhaps ice. Later in the first stanza, he says that he felt a sense of wretchedness as he drifted "On an ice-cold sea, whirled in sorrow / Alone in a world blown clear of love, / Hung with icicles." In this image, the sea is frozen, and the world is covered with ice. The seafarer then describes a storm in which "the hailstorms flew. / The only sound was the roaring sea, / The freezing waves." Hail descends on him, and all he can hear is the roaring of the sea and the waves. With these vivid images of a frozen world, the seafarer describes himself as completely alone, wretched at heart, and utterly at the mercy of the...
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