“The Seafarer”

Moira Fitzgibbons, Marist College

A reading and analysis of an Old English poem, accompanied by comparison with Middle and Modern English poetry.


Video Transcript

Primary Sources

Echard, Siȃn. “The Seafarer.”Accessed 26 May 2020.

Glenn, Jonathan. “The Seafarer.” Lightspill, . Accessed 26 May 2020.

Dickinson, Emily. “Poem 387.”  Accessed 30 May 2020.

Hughes, Langston. “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” Accessed 30 May 2020.

Pound, Ezra. “The Seafarer.” Poetry Foundation. Accessed 26 May 2020.

Further Reading

Bergvall, Caroline. Drift. Nightboat Books, 2014.

Greenfield, Stanley B. “Sylf, Seasons, Structure, and Genre in The Seafarer.” Anglo-Saxon England, vol. 9, 1981, pp. 199-211.

Lees, Clare A., and Gillian R. Overing. The Contemporary Medieval in Practice. UCL Press, 2019.

The Lighthouse. Directed by Robert Eggers, performances by Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, and Valeriia Kalaman, A24, 2019.

Matto, Michael. “True Confessions: ‘The Seafarer’ and Technologies of the ‘Sylf.’” The Journal of Germanic and English Philology, vol. 103, no.2, 2004, pp. 156-79.

Olsen, Alexandra, and Burton Raffel, eds. “The Seafarer.” Poems and Prose from the Old English. Yale UP, 1998. P. 10.

Treharne, Elaine, ed. “The Seafarer.” Old and Middle English c. 890-c. 1450: An Anthology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. pp. 48-53.


Fitzgibbons, Moira, “The Seafarer” Middle Ages for Educators, June 6, 2020. Accessed[date]. https://middleagesforeducators.princeton.edu/node/221/