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What makes this poem an elegy?

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For the Anglo-Saxon poem, "The Seafarer," some, but not all, of the characteristics of elegy are present. Here are those elegiac characteristics:

  • There is a melancholic, mournful tone to the poem

The poem's speaker relates how the sea took his "sea-worthy soul" "in sorrow and fear and pain," showing him "suffering" and "hardship." Further, the speaker notes how he has been "wretched" as he has drifted on an "ice-cold sea," and his soul has "drown[ed] in desolation." Also, he has passed his life without a family and been subjected to all types of weather.

  • The thoughts of the speaker are formed with imagination in the first person.

In lines 11-12, he states, "Around...

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