According to the speaker of "The Wanderer," what main characteristic does a wise person have?

According to the speaker of "The Wanderer," the main characteristic a wise person has is years of life experience, particularly those of hardship and trials.

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Themes of loneliness and solitude are central to the meaning of "The Wanderer." As the speaker reflects upon life's trials, including the slaughters of his kinsmen, he finds that he often awakes alone. This solitude provides plenty of time for self-reflection, and his weary spirit, often wretched and full of sorrow, recalls better times before all the joy in his life was extinguished.

These are the words of experience, of a warrior who has faced tremendous loss. As he reflects upon the great losses in life, the speaker considers one trait central to the acquisition of wisdom needed to persevere through it all: age. A wise man has endured many hardships and therefore has a greater knowledge about faith and determination. The trials of life have provided the insights that lead to all other traits of a wise man: being slow to speak, having strength in battles, demonstrating a lack of recklessness, avoiding greed, maintaining a spirit that is not overly cheerful, and avoiding boasting. Only...

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