The Seafarer | Poem

Anonymous
This Study Guide consists of approximately 36 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Seafarer.
This section contains 924 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Seafarer Study Guide

This tale is true, and mine. It tells

How the sea took me, swept me back

And forth in sorrow and fear and pain

Showed me suffering in a hundred ships,

In a thousand ports, and in me. It tells

Of smashing surf when I sweated in the cold

Of an anxious watch, perched in the bow

As it dashed under cliffs. My feet were cast

In icy bands, bound with frost,

With frozen chains, and hardship groaned

Around my heart. Hunger tore

At my sea-weary soul. No man sheltered

On the quiet fairness of earth can feel

How wretched I was, drifting through winter

On an ice-cold sea, whirled in sorrow,

Alone in a world blown clear of love,

Hung with icicles. The hailstorms flew.

The only sound was the roaring sea,

The freezing waves. The song of the swan

Might serve for pleasure, the cry of...

(read more from the Poem Text section)

This section contains 924 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Seafarer Study Guide
Copyrights
Poetry for Students
The Seafarer from Poetry for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.