The vivid imagery in “Sea Fever” helps establish the poem’s setting, tone, and point of view. Aside from conveying a multi-sensory depiction of the sea, the imagery reveals the speaker’s extreme familiarity with and fondness for the sea. His loving descriptions of life on the ocean establish the passionate, yearning tone of the poem. Have students identify examples of imagery in the poem with the help of storyboards. You can direct students to find particular types of imagery (visual, auditory, or tactile for this poem) or simply ask them to label the examples that they find.
“Sea Fever” Imagery
"a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking"
"the sea gulls crying"
"the flung spray and the blown spume"
Create a storyboard depicting the different types of imagery in "Sea Fever".
- Use the template provided by your teacher.
- Label the titles of each cell with "Visual", "Auditory", and "Tactile."
- Find a quote from the poem for each type of imagery and type it into the description.
- Illustrate each example with appropriate scenes, items, and characters.
- Save and submit your storyboard.
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Common Core Standards
[ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
[ELA-Literacy/RL/7/1] Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
[ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
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