What conflicting emotions does the seafarer feel when he sets off on a sea voyage?

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"The Seafarer" is an Anglo-Saxon poem in the elegiac tradition, and its titular character, the Seafarer himself, is living a life from which most of the joys have vanished. He describes himself as "earmcearig," an incredible Anglo-Saxon word which means "wretched and sorrowful." He is an exile "bereft of kinsmen," and he is forced to find what little pleasure he can in the cries of the seabirds.

Still, the idea of the sea journey continues to toy with the emotions of the Seafarer. The "lust" and desire of his heart urges him to set out continually in search of "a foreign people" and in search of the joys he once knew. As an experienced seafarer, however, he knows that this sort of journey can be difficult and dangerous. He states that a man would...

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