The Seafarer

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Nature surrounds us. Even when in the middle of a city, far from the rural countryside, nature is there in some form or another. Poets often connect to nature in their works, it is often expected of them, yet their poems do not simply connect to the physical, natural world, but also to the “spiritual” world. The problem with this is that humans have the tendency to become a bit self-involved, assuming they are not showing that side of themselves from the start. Man as a species seems to see himself, more or less, as the most important aspect in nature. This is clear at times in works such as “The Seafarer.” In this poem the author begins by describing a man’s life on the water, at first relating his time to the natural events that had to do…show more content…
This poem depicts nature as cold and unforgiving. The narrator’s life on the sea is dreadful in comparison to “he whose lot is fairest on land,” which refers to men who unlike him are able to spend their days experiencing land’s beauty and warmth (“The Seafarer” line 13). Yet it does not appear to be the land that he misses, it is the other men. He laments his lack of company and claims he hears nothing while in the next breath he remarks that he does have “the noise of the sea,/ the ice-cold waves; the wild swan’s song/ [that] sometimes served as my music” (lines 18-20). The narrator rejects the company of the sea, the connection offered to him in that swan’s song that would allow him to feel less alone. He does recognize that the song could serve as music for him, because “the world, as we are told, was made especially for man” (Muir). The narrator is not compelled to wonder at the meaning or purpose of the swan’s song, he simply sees it as a service being performed for him, because obviously the main reason the swan sings is to please

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