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What passages in the poem "The Seafarer" explain why the seafarer seeks the rigors of the sea rather than the delights of the land? Does he find what he has looked for at sea? 

Passages in the poem "The Seafarer" that explain why the speaker seeks the rigors of the sea rather than the delights of the land include those lines that explain how he wants to separate himself from the comforts of society because of his concern for his eternal soul.

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The seafarer is definitely bitten by a wanderlust that drives him to set out across the seas. Two passages that show this are the following. First, he writes,

And how my heart
Would begin to beat, knowing once more
The salt waves tossing and the towering sea!
The time for journeys would come and my soul
Called me eagerly out, sent me over
The horizon, seeking foreigners' homes.

Second, he states eloquently,

my heart wanders away,
My soul roams with the sea, the whales'
Home, wandering to the wildest corners
Of the world, returning ravenous with desire,
Flying solitary, screaming, exciting me
To the open ocean, breaking oaths
On the curve of a wave.

As these passages suggest, although the seafarer recognizes the comforts and many pleasures of life on land, something inside of him yearns to be on the open sea. His heart begins "to beat" and his soul "eagerly" looks forward to being on the waves, despite the deprivations he knows he must face there. These ideas are reiterated in the second passage, in...

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