The Seafarer is an elegy, a poem of mourning based around both maritime traditions and Christian theology. The poem recounts a loss at sea, the death of the title character. The poem's last lines are heavily preoccupied with a relinquishment of earthly concerns and a bestowal of faith in God and His eternal kingdom. The poem further recommends the virtues of bravery, intelligence, and commitment to faith. Nautical traditions are also important in its symbolic systems.