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What Christian attitudes are found reflected in the following elegies: "The Wanderer" and "The Seafarer?"

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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 expresses hope to be able to find “the mercy of the Lord” in solitude. According to the Bible, Jesus spent 40 days in solitude in the desert, so the speaker’s solitude and exile could be seen as an attempt to copy Jesus’ action: a spiritual attempt to try and get closer to God.

The speaker regrets what he has done in the past, he knows that he has not been living according to God’s will: “I, wretched, from there travelled most sorrowfully.” According to Christian tradition, the narrator could be seen as the sorrowful sinner, who is remorseful and wishes to be forgiven by God and to receive absolution: “it is better for the one that seeks mercy, consolation from the father in the heavens, where, for us, all permanence rests.”

“The Seafarer” is another Old English poem. It is...

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