The Pathfinder Of The Seas

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When people go on cruise trips, one of the reasons they intend to enjoy their time off is to experience the sights and sounds of the open sea. In Annie Dillard’s Mornings Like This, she includes in her collection of found poems a poem that instills a similar vivid sense of imagery that one would experience by the ocean. Her found poem, called “The Pathfinder of the Seas,” includes a variety of words and sentences that relate to sailing in the sea. They were extracted from other books related to scientific research of the sky and the sea. The author brings together these distinct elements and structures them in a poem. This gives them a new home and, subsequently, gives the work a new meaning. Her goal for the reader is to question their previous knowledge and find a new perspective on life through the interactions with the sea in her poem. One way Dillard achieves this goal is through her word choice. She opens her poem with the following two sentences: “The sea is very wide. The tooth of running / Water is very sharp” (Dillard 7). By using the word “very” to describe the physical features of the sea to a high degree in both sentences, she illustrates to the reader to the lack of limitations of their mind. She does this again in the fifth stanza of her poem, where she includes the word “forever,” which implies sempiternal space, or no limit to the expansion of the mind. Another sentence that contains the diction that Dillard uses to convey this idea appears in the
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