Sea Fever Poem Essays

Essay on Sea Fever

1773 Words8 Pages

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.…show more content…

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

Show More

John Masefield is a well known English writer and poet. He is best remembered as the author of the classics for children names as “The Midnight Folk” and as a poet for his works such as “Sea fever.”

At the age of sixteen he entered to the world of Merchant Navy. However his passion for reading and writing was still continued while at board. While being aboard is when he realized that his passion should be bought out and he should be a writer by himself.

During his tenure as a sailor, he had to face many sea sicknesses and finally in the year 1895, when his ship boarded New York City, he deserted the ship and walked out to be writer. Even though it was his dream to be a writer, before he could make it he has to sustain on many odd jobs and traveled lots to keep going. Finally by 1902, he got his dream come true. His poems and novels started to get published.

In 1895, Masefield happened to read a New York periodical, the Truth, which contained the poem ‘The Piper of Arll’ by Duncan Scott. After near to 10 years, Masefield wrote to Scott, what it meant for him to read that poem. From that poem is how he got inspired to poetry and that poem had deeply influenced him to turn to poetry.

Being a sailor, he enjoyed the loneliness and quiet environment of the sea. In the poem, Sea Fever, Masefield expresses his desire for sailing once again in the quite sea, under the quiet sky. He expresses his desire for the need of a well built ship to sail and a star in the dark sky to act as a guide. Soon the adventures would begun and as each day dawns, he wakes up to see the early grey mist rise from the sea.

In the poem, the poet expresses his strong desire to get back to the se as the call from the sea cannot be ignored or denied. He wishes that there would be strong winds that would blow away the thick white clouds in the sky and take the sail forward throughout the day. Watching from the shore fills his heart with the adventure and spirit.

The last para explains that the poet would like to be a wandering gypsy , however he would miss the sea gulls and the white whales and most of all his time spent with his fellow men at the deck , listening to tales and good and silent sleep which drifts into a sweet dream.

This poem clearly shows how Masefield had enjoyed his days on the sea and he would like to have a part of it, even after he has left is far behind following his passions.

A beautifully layed out poem which hold the memories of the past.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *