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 have to be extremely "modwlonc," or proud-spirited, not to consider what God might do to him when he embarks upon a sea voyage. Overcoming these fears are the thoughts of what could remain to be discovered in unseen places: to an adventurer, "woruld onetteð"—"the world seems new." The Seafarer is always driven on by his hopes of finding a new land where he might rediscover the joys of his youth, and he notes that a man who has never been forced to "tread the paths of exile" or venture out onto the waterways can never know how difficult a life it is.

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The first part of the poem discusses the danger and harshness of being out at sea. It's not until we get to

The time for journeys would come and my soul
Called me eagerly out, sent me over the horizon,
seeking foreigner's homes...

that we start to explore the seafarer's emotions as he sets off.

From the quote above, we can already see that the seafarer is eager and excited to leave the land. The next few lines provide the conflicting emotion:

But there isn't a man on earth so proud, 
So born to greatness....
That he feels no fear as the sails unfurl,

So while the seafarer is excited for the new voyage, he is also afraid of the dangers it may bring. These dangers are even more worrying for the seafarer, because they may be completely out of his control (Fate/God, etc.).

Another set of conflicting emotions are loneliness and freedom:

no passion for women, no worldly pleasures
My soul roams with the sea, the whales'
Home, wandering to the widest corners
Of the world...

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