Essay on Sea Fever

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Sea Fever - speech

Good morning Miss Allison and class, the poem I chose is Sea Fever by
John Masefield. John Masefield, was only 22 years old when he wrote
the simple yet moving lines in his poem 'Sea Fever'. He was born in
1878, in, England. Young Masefield wanted to be a merchant marine
officer and at 13 he spent two and a half years on the school ship and
afterwards was apprenticed aboard a sailing ship, bound for Chile. In
Chile he became ill and left the sea and returned to England. In 1902
Masefield published his first volume of poems, 'Salt-Water Ballads'

John Masefield's poem "Sea Fever" is a work of art that brings beauty
to the English language through its use of rhythm, imagery and many
complex figures of speech.
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He also recalls at his journey’s end having a sound sleep, with
pleasant thoughts about his recent time at sea.

The title "Sea Fever, shows the speakers deep hunger for an
adventurous and free life.

Sea Fever is a narrative poem, written effectively in first person. It
consists of three stanzas, each containing four lines. Sea Fever has a
regular rhyme scheme throughout the poem. Every line of the poem
contains a stirring rhythm. Lines 1 and 2 of each stanza rhyme as well
as lines 3 and 4.

"Sea Fever" may be categorized as a sea chantey due to its iambic
meter, which follows the actions of a tall ship through high seas and
strong wind, this and the natural rhythm gives it a song like quality.

‘’Sea Fever’’ also contains a stirring rhythm consisting of iambic
meter, which suggests the repeated slapping of waves against the bow
of the ship. As a result, John Masefield creates an image of powerful
ocean swells. In addition to the repeated slap of the waves, "the
wheel's kick", in line 3, is a reference to the ship's steering wheel
spinning out of control and also suggests that the tall ship is
crossing very stormy seas. "Sea Fever" not only gains a magnificent
rhythm, but gives clues into the location and movement of the tall
ship.

Perhaps, the most striking characteristic of "Sea Fever" is the
remarkable imagery seen on each line throughout the poem. The imagery
in "Sea Fever" suggests an adventurous…