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I need examples of caesura, kenning, assonance, and alliteration in "The Seafarer." 

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Old English (or, Anglo Saxon) prosody, that is, the way verse is composed (especially, the way the verse sounds or the lines rhyme) is characterized by, among other things,  caesura, alliteration, assonance, and kenning.  It is almost impossible to read ten lines of any Old English poem, from Beowulf to Deor's Lament, without encountering all or most of these techniques.

The Seafarermost likely from the 9th or 10thC, a lyric about a seafarer who is both beaten up by and drawn to the sea, is relies heavily on the elements of prosody above.  All Old English poetic lines are broken into two half-lines called hemistitches, with a pause between the lines, called a caesura:

Maeg ic be me sylfum     sothgied wrecan,

sithas secgan,                hu ic gewschwindagum (ll.1ab-2ab)

(Translation--mine):

I am able to make a true song      about me myself

to talk about my travels                   how I often suffered (endured)

As you'll notice, I labeled the two parts of the...

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