How do the setting and her daily life reinforce the idea expressed in the line "I am all longing" from "The Wife's Lament"?

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When the speaker says, "I am all longing," she means something like: "The very existence of my being is yearning for that which I do not have." In other words, she is deeply unhappy; she does not have anything that she wants and seems to acknowledge that she never will.

This notion is reinforced in the setting of the poem which is "a woody grove, under an oak-tree" in a "earthen cave." The speaker tells us that her life underground reminds her of "all [her] friends" who "dwell in the dirt." In other words, all of her friends are dead, and being underground just reminds her of that disturbing fact.

Her daily life in the poem appears to revolve only around mourning. She tells us:

There I may sit a summer-long day,
where I can weep for my exiled path,
my many miseries—therefore I can never
rest from these my mind’s sorrowings

While some might argue that the speaker is being hyperbolic, her tone is quite seriousness. This is a women afflicted by severe melancholy, and she cannot seem to...

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