In "The Seafarer," the poet includes visual detail in the lines "the anxious night watch/ often took me/ at the ship's prow." On this night watch, the narrator sees the cliffs while watching from the front of the ship. Tactile detail is given in the lines "Fettered by cold/ were my feet/ bound by frost/ in cold clasps." In these lines, the reader can imagine the feeling of cold gripping the narrator's feet as the frost gathers around him or her. The poet provides many auditory details, including "the roaring sea," and later the song of the swan, noise of the gannett, and sound of the curlew (a bird). The narrator also hears men's laughter, as well as the sounds of the gull, tern, and eagle. After the poet provides tactile, auditory, and visual details of life at sea, the focus of the poem turns to the emotional reality and loneliness of being at sea.