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

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