How does understanding the position of Anglo-Saxon women help you understand “A Wife’s Lament”?  

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The Anglo-Saxon culture valued honor and kindred, more so than love. Besides, in a world where nothing was considered permanent, love was too abstract and fleeting. Also, a woman was part of the Anglo-Saxon man's private life, and did nothing to add to his honor in that case. All of the elements combine to create a character who was "thrown away" and has no recourse but the familiar concept of exile.