The Seafarer Tone

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Dwelling on the sorrowful, painful side of life can give a person wisdom and a valuable perspective on life, unless you overthink it. This point is emphasized several times through poetic devices and areas of the text in the Seafarer. Firstly, the author uses a change in tone when they say “The freezing waves. The song of the swan.” (The Seafarer, line 19). They do this many times throughout the poem to create a parallel from two different points of a spectrum; the painful side of life and the valuable, wise perspective of life. The diction expresses that even though things may be bad, there’s some good to be found or to gain wisdom from. The author clearly gains a new perspective on life when they say “A man must conquer his pride, not kill

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