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The Seafarer

There are two main poems entitled "The Seafarer." The first was written in Anglo-Saxon and published in the tenth century. The second was a re-imagining of the poem by Ezra Pound in the first part...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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The Seafarer

The narrator of the "Seafarer" speaks in heartrending terms of the loneliness of his life on the sea and his inability to savor the delights of the shore. However, there are some compensations for...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017, 3:53 pm (UTC)

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The Seafarer

Below is a version of lines 59-62 of "The Seafarer" as translated by Ezra Pound: So that but now my heart burst from my breast-lock, My mood 'mid the mere-flood, Over the whale's acre, would...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 2:59 am (UTC)

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The Seafarer

In "The Seafarer," the sailor experiences a great many conflicts. Many of these conflicts arise from his struggles with nature, as well as his loneliness in being away from those he loves: That...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2017, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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The Seafarer

"The Seafarer" is an Anglo-Saxon poem which was undoubtedly sung and performed long before it was ever written down anywhere. It has a hundred and twenty-four lines and changes tone and direction...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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The Seafarer

The speaker says that his feet are "cast in icy bands, bound with frost, / with frozen chains." He conflates the harshness of the cold weather with being chained. He is illustrating his feeling...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015, 12:59 am (UTC)

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The Seafarer

The seafarer advocates finding friendship rather than riches. In the poem, seafaring is a metaphor for the journey of life. As he describes his difficult journey, the speaker notes that friends...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2013, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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The Seafarer

For the first half of the poem, the speaker describes life at sea as a difficult, lonely life full of hardships. He describes his own time at sea as "Coldly afflicted" and remembers that he has...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019, 5:47 pm (UTC)

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The Seafarer

One difference is tone. Though both speak of loss: SeafarerBut age fares against him, his face paleth,Grey-haired he groaneth, knows gone companions,Lordly men are to earth o'ergiven,Nor may he...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2012, 7:49 am (UTC)

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