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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. Sea Fever is a classic, English poem about the poet's strong longing to return to the sea. It is a description of a man who reflects on what his life used to be like when he was a sailor. In Stanza one, the man yearns to be sailing the oceans once again. He remembers the solitude and the natural environment around him, such as the sky, with its stars to guide him in the right direction, as well as the wind that made his ship shake and its sail to billow. ...read more.


In Stanza one, the mood is one of solitude which points to a feeling of isolation, seclusion or loneliness, which is expressed through a reference to ''the lonely sea'' in line 1. This mood allows you to actually sense the solitude and natural environment, which the speaker is describing. The mood in stanza 2, is one of yearning for the sea and also includes an element of frustration, as seen through the repetition of the lines 'I must go down to the seas again', with the word MUST showing the true hunger and frustration within the speaker's heart. The mood is also shown in line 6, when the poet says '' and all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, and the flung spray and the blown spume and the sea gulls crying''. A mood of wanting to be at one with his environment is developed here. In stanza 3, the mood changes to freedom, or more so, independence, seen when the poet refers to the 'vagrant gypsy life' in line 9. This is also seen through references to the freedom of a sea gull and a whale in line ten. You will notice the mood changing and becoming happier towards the end of the poem, when the sailor's journey is finally over. ...read more.


To divide my poster I used an ocean wave border, to bring feeling and contrast to the visual. Each picture on my visual represents a line, or phrase of my poem. I chose this structure for my visual because, I think it is an effective, eye - catching structure, and it really draws out the main ideas of the poem. I will tell you briefly about a few of my pictures, as I have too many to explain. I will describe to you, each main feature picture of each section, which represents the main feeling or mood of each stanza. Firstly, a mood of solitude is expressed in this picture, through the tall ship, being isolated in the open seas, crossing storms, secluded from all civilisations. Secondly, a mood of deep yearning, hunger and frustration is depicted in this picture with the flung spray and the blown spume, being very important features in this picture. This picture also shows the longing shared between the speaker and the ocean. Thirdly, in this picture, the mood of freedom and independence is reflected through the freedom of a whale and a sea gull. The colours I chose for this picture are very peaceful, with blues and greens and whites, showing the true calmness of the sea. The themes in "Sea Fever, the longing the speaker has for the sea and the comparison of life to a sea voyage, are also seen in the pictures I have displayed on my poster. ...read more.

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