Can someone help me in getting the paraphrasing of the poem "The Wife's Lament" which is translated by Ann Stanford.Please I want the explanation of each stanza. Moreover, when your done...

Can someone help me in getting the paraphrasing of the poem "The Wife's Lament" which is translated by Ann Stanford.

Please I want the explanation of each stanza. Moreover, when your done explaining from a stanza please tell me that you have finished and your moving to the next stanza.

thnx alot

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Here are a few ideas on this poem that will give you an overview. First of all it is important to remember that it was likely written in the 8th century when life was very hard and dangerous for men and women.  In this poem, the wife is lamenting his missing husband who has gone and left her alone in a land where she feels like an exiled stranger.  Her concern and pain are amplified by the fact that she hasn't heard anything from him or about him and is left to worry.  She is concerned that he is involved in something dangerous that may go wrong.

She is also upset over the miserable dwelling where she is lives.  It is gloomy and scary and only serves to intesify her fears and her woe.  She can't help but think of all the lovers in the world who are together and free to love one another.  These thoughts only intensify her feelings of despair as she is  separated from her true love and left to worry about his safety at sea while she is alone and longing for his safe return.

You can find out more about poems from this period in the website below.  "The Wife's Lament" is one of the poems found in The Exeter Book.

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