What causes the narrator's heart to begin to beat ("The Seafarer")? 

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Ice and cold, described in both figurative and literal meanings, are throughout this poem. The cold climate of the speaker's sea voyages parallels the loneliness he feels. He feels trapped in this life but also suggests that he accepts it willingly because it is his life and part of God's plan. He feels drawn to life as a seafarer by the sea itself and by a sacred obligation to God. Therefore, he is resolved to this life (as it is God's plan for him), but is always conflicted because it is so difficult.

So, it is a fitting contradiction that the sea, so often described in terms of ice and cold, is what makes his heart beat again. It is as if his heart is frozen (in some metaphoric sense) until he re-enters the icy,...

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