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The Wanderer

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...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2020, 10:57 am (UTC)

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It is most commonly said that there are two speakers in The Wander. The first speaker is a narrator who is reviving an ancient poem and not part of the original. The new narrator is thought to...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010, 1:04 am (UTC)

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Imagery is the use of descriptive language in order to evoke a particular mood. Sometimes this involves the author using descriptive detail, and other times it involves the use of figurative...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2020, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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Compared to his former life, the wanderer's present life is filled with loneliness and infused with sorrow. The wanderer remembers his former, gloried past, when he feasted with his comrades in his...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016, 4:55 pm (UTC)

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Anglo-Saxon warriors and poets lived in or near the mead hall of their lord. They depended on their lord for their land and their sustenance in return for loyalty in battle and entertainment in the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2020, 3:38 pm (UTC)

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The Wanderer

The poem "The Wanderer" first appeared in a tenth-century anthology called the Exeter Book. It is written in Anglo-Saxon, and its author is unknown. In the poem, the narrator wanders far from home...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2019, 2:49 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

“The Wanderer” is a poem written in Old English. In the poem, the narrator reflects back on his life. We can find several Christian attitudes in this poem. Right at the start, the narrator...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020, 9:22 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

The tone of the poem "The Wanderer" is typical of the elegiac poems from the Anglo-Saxon literary period. The elegiac poem was written as a remembrance where a happy past strongly contradicts...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011, 5:47 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

We can also sympathize with the fact that the wanderer has to go through much grief to learn life's most important lessons. It is often the hardest experiences that lead us to make changes in our...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2016, 4:29 pm (UTC)

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The poem mourns the wanderer's lost clan. This is not just a political loss, but, in a personal loss as well. With the loss of his mead hall and his fellow warriors, the wanderer is truly alone. As...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2017, 1:03 pm (UTC)

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The Wanderer

Fate has three common definitions which are (1) something that unavoidable happens; (2) a universal principle that orders the happening of events; (3) death destruction and ruin. In Line 5, "Fate"...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010, 12:16 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

The speaker in the Anglo-Saxon poem “The Wanderer” laments those things that he has lost in his life. He specifically focuses on the loss of his ring-giver, his companions, and his kinsmen, as they...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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The Wanderer

According to the speaker in the poem "The Wanderer", the fates of men is death. The entire poem speaks to the fact that the Wanderer is left in isolation given all of those he has known are dead....

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011, 8:49 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

Although the code of behavior in Anglo-Saxon England did expect that one of the king's thanes would fight to the death at the king's side, it was not always the case that a surviving thane was...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018, 12:25 am (UTC)

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Loyalty is a major theme in Anglo-Saxon works and The Wanderer discusses this loyalty to a power outside of "this earthly kingdom" (line 106 - all quotes are translated). The warrior who tells his...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2013, 7:34 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

While the Wanderer in the elegiac poem from the Anglo-Saxon period spends most of his elegy lamenting the loss of his homeland, family, king, and fellow seafarers, the speaker in Auden's Wanderer...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2011, 4:40 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

The following lines appear in the Anglo-Saxon poem The Wanderer: as now here and there across this Middle-Earthblown on by wind walls stand In this stanza, the narrator is speaking about what a...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011, 9:09 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

Much like the epic poem Beowulf, "The Wanderer" is an elegy for the pagan warrior tradition of the Anglo-Saxons. While many of the speaker's laments are universal (ex. missing someone he can...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2018, 6:09 pm (UTC)

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To some extent, the epic elements in "The Wanderer" are subtly undermined and subverted by the overall elegiac structure of the poem. Elegy is used here primarily to lament the loss of the...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018, 12:18 pm (UTC)

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The Wanderer

All three of these Anglo-Saxon poems are found in the Exeter Book, which dates to about 950 CE. They are all laments, and each expresses a speaker's experience of loneliness, isolation, and longing...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020, 2:30 am (UTC)

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One might not think of the Wanderer and Sir Gawain as having much in common, but they do. Firstly, both have great reverence for their king (or as the Wanderer might call it, his liege lord). They...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019, 5:39 pm (UTC)

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The effect the two speakers in "The Wanderer" have on a reader depends largely on the sophistication of the reader. Any text written and copied by hand before the advent of the printing press is a...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2010, 2:16 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

In examining "The Wanderer," it's important to understand its wider social and historical context. At that time and in that culture, individualism as we understand it today didn't really exist....

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018, 8:07 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

The wanderer is sympathetic because his situation is one most humans would not want to find themselves in. His exile bereaves him of his family, friends, and society. His isolation is both social...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018, 3:38 pm (UTC)

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The Wanderer

According to The Wanderer, a wise man realizes many things. He realizes that the length of time a man has lived often determines the amount of wisdom he possesses. A wise man knows that experience...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2020, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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The Wanderer

The wanderer seems to be seeking both understanding and peace in this poem. He speaks of the family and friends he has lost over the years, most of them killed during war. He has been hardened by...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018, 4:42 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

The two Old English poems titled Beowulf and “The Wanderer” present title characters whose various similarities and differences include the following: The Wanderer implies that he is a man “eager...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011, 3:22 am (UTC)

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You are right to seek out the historical context for this ancient, Anglo Saxon poem in order to understand the meaning of that line. First, let us put the line in context and then talk about its...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2016, 12:35 am (UTC)

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The Wanderer

The anonymous "The Wanderer" contains irony in regards to the fact that although the Wanderer feels as if he is alone, he is not. Throughout the first part of the poem, the Wanderer laments the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2013, 11:45 pm (UTC)

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The Wanderer

The "earth-walker" is the wanderer in the poem. He is literally wandering, looking for a new king and kinsmen to replace those he has lost. One of the themes of Old English poems such as this is...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2015, 4:02 pm (UTC)

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The Wanderer

"The Wanderer" touches on themes of the fragility and fleeting nature of life, kinship, and loyalty. One of the main laments of the wanderer is the loss of his clan; he longs to be among his fellow...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2021, 12:37 am (UTC)

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