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Synopsis and Analysis of The Seafarer In a personal tale that is true The Seafarer tells a story of times of trouble breathing the breath of bitterest woe His education was a long one aboard a ship that dared the terrible toss of waves where he traveled even by night with anxious care along the rocky walls of dangerous cliffs It was so cold that his hands were held captive with hoar-frost and his hot hearts sorrow matched the hungry demand of his sea-weary soul in the quest of a goal Thus we have a Viking sailor accustomed to the harsh difficulties of the sea upon a quest It is the classic night-sea journey of a searching soul He feels like an exile because the pleasing pace of a life on land is not for him He longs for home because he is alone and bereft of kinsman keen and bold He finds some small pleasure in the sound of the sea-birds but is resigned to the test of the sea He is a Seafarer no man proud of spirit inhabits the earth No matter how much a man might gain by living on land he still must face an inevitable inner battle -- his own sorrows sea Nothing is really gained by music or gold or women or worldly delight Nothing can ease mans longing save the surge of the sea in its might Thus the Seafarer is on the right course even though it is bitter and lonely The pleasures of the earth are as nothing compared to the struggle with the great ocean -- the sea he travels upon and the greater sea within The summers beauty on land is pleasant yet he feels drawn back to the sea to sail as the sea-muse unfettered and freed It is a force that is strong one that he passionately feels within the
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