What does "unfound" do for the theme in "Facing West from California's Shores?

epollock | Student

The word “unfound” may be considered as the poem’s major idea because it summarizes the idea of the search. As a general principle, even if something is not found—say a cure for a supposedly incurable disease —that lack of success does not deny that the cure may nevertheless exist somewhere if not here. The poem’s theme is therefore that one’s search cannot end as long as one is alive, even if we never reach the destinations we set out for so long ago. This is one of the most popular poems read on the first day of a class for it is never the destination that matters but the more adventures of the travel itself which provides all of the rewards.