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Vintage Hughes - Death of an Old Seaman Summary & Analysis

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Death of an Old Seaman Summary

A seaman is buried on a windy hill but his soul is said to have gone back to the sea. The seaman's soul speaks to the poet, telling him not to put a tombstone at his head or strew flowers on his grave for he has returned to the sea, where he is happy.

Death of an Old Seaman Analysis

Hughes interest in the sea and sailors stems from his time as a crewman aboard a ship that traveled to West Africa and Europe. In this poem, the old seaman transcends death in his relation to the interminable sea.

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