What is the summary, critical analysis, paraphrase and main theme for the poem "Cargoes" by John Masefield?explain the contrast between the last stanza and the frst two stanza's..what in specific...

What is the summary, critical analysis, paraphrase and main theme for the poem "Cargoes" by John Masefield?

explain the contrast between the last stanza and the frst two stanza's..what in specific brings out this contrast? does masefield imply that there is no more romance left in the modern type of crafts and cargoes.?

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"Cargoes" has three five-line stanzas that are similar  in structure. The first line of each stanza identifies a type of ship - a Quinquirem, a galleon and a coaster. The second line begins with an action verb ending in -ing and identifies a location - Paletine, the tropics, and the [English] Channel. The third lines are prepositional phrases that list or begin a list of the things the ships are carrying - ivory (etc.), diamonds (and other jewels) and coal (etc.).  Each of the cargoes reflects the culture of the country of origin of the ship - so for example, in the first stanza, the ship is an ancient one that comes from Ninevah. Read that stanza and ask yourself how the cargo represents this culture. Then look at the second stanza. This ship is from Spain during its exploration of the New World. Note how the cargo reflects that culture. Both of the first two stanzas have cargoes that not only reflect the culture at the time, but are also exotic cultures - look at the products.

Now look at the third stanza. This one is very different. The imagery in this stanza is different - look for the types of words used, such as "dirty".  This ship is not traveling the high seas, but crawling along the coastline. It is a working ship. Where is the ship from? It is a British ship, in modern times. What is its cargo? How does this cargo differ from the cargoes on the other two ships? (hint: NOT exotic, but practical). Its cargo is not romantic, true................but what will this cargo be used for? Will it be used to advance and improve the world of kings and princes, or will it be used to advance and improve the world of both kings and princes and common people? So, it may not be as exotic, but perhaps its cargo is more noble? And, its cargo is much more republican. The poet is perhaps commenting on which of the three ships he believes has a better purpose.

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The poem sea fever written by John Masefield is an account of his own life desire. he wants an adventurous life where no one is there except him and the waves of a sea.

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