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Sea Fever

John Masefield's poem "Sea Fever" is one of the most popular of all lyrical poems. The poet's imagery makes the reader feel as though he is at the helm of the ship along with the narrator. The...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2012 12:41 am UTC

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Sea Fever

The longing for the freedom of life on the sea is a theme that has resonated since Homer (and likely before, told only in oral sagas). In the case of Masefield's famous poem, the lure of sailing...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2018 5:26 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

The rhyme scheme of the poem "Sea Fever", by English poet John Masefield, contributes to the overall sound and music of the poem in the following ways: 1. A rhyme scheme within formal stanzas...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 11:05 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

This is a poem that is all about the pull of the sea upon us and how the speaker of the poem experiences "sea fever" as he feels an uncontrollable desire to go to the "lonely sea and the sky." The...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011 7:18 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

The speaker begins each of the three stanzas with a refrain (refrain is the repetition of words, phrases, or even entire lines, generally as part of a pattern): "I must go down to the seas again...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2018 11:29 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

The speaker yearns for life of adventure, exploration, and freedom. The term “wanderlust” best describes this feeling. It means the desire to travel and explore the world: “lusting to wander.” The...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011 4:33 am UTC

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Sea Fever

The speaker's deep desire, as the title of the poem suggests, is to go back to sailing the seas in a boat. The sea is in his blood: he has a fever for it. The speaker says he wants a tall ship....

Latest answer posted July 10, 2019 12:09 am UTC

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Sea Fever

The speaker of the poem is describing his feelings, mainly his desire to get back on the sea again. He wishes to be on board a tall ship, helping to steer the ship with only the light of the stars....

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 10:42 am UTC

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Sea Fever

The title is appropriate because of the implications of the word fever. A fever is something that afflicts someone, something to which they fall victim, something over which they have absolutely no...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019 12:35 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

Lines 7-11 are as follows: And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying. I must down to the seas again, to the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019 7:10 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

This is a really interesting question. In actuality, the speaker doesn't see anything. He is recalling all of the aspects of the sea that call to him, the features of the sea that give him this...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2018 7:45 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

Let's scan the first stanza together. I will mark stressed syllables in bold and use a "|" symbol to divide feet from one another. I must | go down | to the seas | a gain | to the lone | ly sea |...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019 8:46 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

The overall "sense" of the poem is that the speaker has a longing passion for the life of a sailor. He desires to be on a ship sailing the seas in order to experience the natural rhythms of the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2017 2:50 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

When a word is repeated in a poem, it's usually for emphasis. And that's certainly the case with the repetition of the word "grey" in "Sea-Fever". The speaker is so enamored of life at sea, so keen...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 10:08 am UTC

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Sea Fever

The author of “Sea Fever,” English writer John Masefield (1878–1967), was the United Kingdom’s poet laureate from 1930 until his death in 1967. This poem draws richly from his experience working at...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019 4:46 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

"Sea Fever" is a poem by John Masefield. Throughout the poem, the speaker lists the things for which he "asks" when he is at sea. These things are basic at first—a tall ship and a star by which to...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 10:24 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

Let us remember that alliteration is defined as the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words that lie next to each other or close together. As your question identifies, alliteration...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011 4:24 am UTC

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Sea Fever

In John Masefield's poem "Sea Fever," the speaker begins with the words "I must down to the seas again." This tells the reader that he has been a sailor before, and feels an irresistible compulsion...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2021 11:42 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

The speaker in "Sea Fever" longs to go to the sea again because it is the place that speaks to his soul. He longs to connect with the powers of the sea and doesn't need sophisticated boats to...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019 2:01 am UTC

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Sea Fever

In John Masefield's poem :Sea Fever," the narrator—or the poet—wishes for windy weather. In the second stanza, the poet writes: And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,And the...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 11:46 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

This is an interesting question, because if we look at the poem carefully I am not too sure that the speaker is merely following a "whim" as you describe it in your question when he states his...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 10:29 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

Now this is a fascinating issue to discuss in relation to this poem. The first time I ever read this poem I had a very strong impression of an old grizened sailor in some kind of retirement home...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 10:34 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

The speaker is personifying these things when they call the sea and sky lonely. In personification, objects, animals, or concepts are given human traits. It is a human trait to be lonely, and the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 2:41 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

The poem “Sea Fever” by John Masefield is the poet’s homage to the sea, which he loves and yearns to return to. The tone sets a reverential mood, as the poet stands in awe of the power of the sea....

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020 2:58 am UTC

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Sea Fever

By "creatures mentioned in the poem," I am going to assume that it is asking about living organisms that the narrator of the poem mentions. "Sea Fever" is a short poem. It is only 12 lines long,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 4:26 am UTC

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Sea Fever

The term "alliteration" comes from the Latin word "littera," which means "letter of the alphabet." In poetry, it is a stylistic device that uses the repetition of the same first consonant sound...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 3:11 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

The speaker describes the sea as lonely because it is without him. He yearns to be out there on the waves again, sailing the sea in a tall ship guided by the stars. But it's not just the ship...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 6:48 am UTC

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Sea Fever

In "Sea Fever," the speaker is talking about his obsession or conviction, as shown by the title and the repeated use of the phrase "I must go down to the seas again" at the beginning of all three...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018 6:38 am UTC

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Sea Fever

"Sea Fever" by John Masefield is certainly a lyrical poem whose lines vary in their meter. Moreover, the shifts in beats in the lines appear to imitate the irregular flow of waves. As an example,...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2014 8:30 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

This phrase has two meanings, one literal, one figurative. A "trick" in nautical terminology refers to a length of time that a person spends at the wheel of a ship. It can also refer to a voyage....

Latest answer posted March 24, 2011 11:00 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

In "Sea Fever," the speaker describes how much he misses the sea and how he would love to return to it. Interestingly, this poem is often seen as autobiographical, as John Masefield did in fact...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2021 9:52 am UTC

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Sea Fever

Let us remember that this poem gives us a specific instance of restlessness that is based around the speaker's compulsion in this poem to get off the land and experience the adventure and...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 10:24 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

The poem “Sea Fever” by John Masefield is rich in imagery that appeals to all the senses. In order to help you answer your question regarding the sounds of the sea that are recalled, let’s have a...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019 11:06 pm UTC

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Sea Fever

We do not know precisely where John Masefield was when he wrote the poem “Sea Fever." However, in the poem, Masefield yearns for “the vagrant gypsy life” of the sea. Moreover, the first line of the...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 3:04 am UTC

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Sea Fever

In “Sea Fever,” poet John Masefield expresses his love and longing for life at sea. At the beginning of each of the three stanzas, he repeats, “I must down to the sea again.” Through imagery...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2021 1:02 am UTC

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Sea Fever

In "Sea Fever," each stanza comprises of two rhyming couplets. In the first stanza, for example, the first and second lines end with the words "sky" and "by" respectively, and the third and fourth...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2021 11:03 am UTC

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