Presentation on theme: "“The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” & “The Wife’s Lament"— Presentation transcript:
1 “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” & “The Wife’s Lament Anglo-Saxon Poetry“The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” & “The Wife’s Lament
2 “The Seafarer” A seafarer who drifts away from human companionship What is this poem about?A seafarer who drifts away from human companionshipEven though he is “drowning in desolation” he continues to return to the seaLife no matter where it is spent is exileThe only home is heaven
3 “The Seafarer” Regular Rhythms “This tale is true, and mine. It tells”“But there isn’t a man on earth so proud”Purpose to oral tradition: helps with memorization of lines
4 “The Seafarer” Kennings Eagle’s screams: cawSummer’s sentinel: the cuckooThe whale’s home: the seaPurpose to oral tradition: poetic words used for imagery and memorization
5 “The Seafarer” Assonance “To the open ocean, breaking oaths”Purpose to oral tradition: helps with rhythm and memorization
6 “The Seafarer” Alliteration “This tale is true, and mine. It tells”“My soul roams with the sea, the whalesHome, wandering to the widest cornersOf the world, returning ravenous with desire,Flying solitary, screaming…”Provides rhythm and repetition
7 “The Seafarer” Theme Wandering With the Anglo-Saxon belief of home, to be wandering was to have nothingExile The Anglo-Saxons did not have patriotism to their country, but to their lord, so to be exiled was to be forsaken and they feared this
8 Elegy & LyricsLyrical Poetry expresses the thoughts and feeling of a single speaker's lifeElegiac Poetry a type of lyric poetry where the loss of someone or something is mourned
9 QuestionHow is “The Seafarer” an example of elegiac poetry and lyrical poetry?
10 “The Wanderer” What is this poem about? Wanderer has experienced a complete collapseHis lord diedHe has no purposeHe has no one to promise his loyalty toHe is left to wander in search of a new lord
11 “The Wanderer” Kenning Lines 20-26How does the kenning “gold-lord” help you infer the wanderer’s goal?
12 “The Wanderer” Kenning Answer Suggests wander’s livelihood is intimately connected with his having a lord, or one who will provide him with gold, or money.
13 “The Wanderer” Alliteration and Assonance Read lines 87-92What images and ideas do alliteration and assonance bind together in these lines?
14 AnswerAlliteration: “walls wondrous high,” serpent shapes,” and “carnage…and conquering fate”Assonance: “warriors” with “memorials”
15 “The Wanderer” Caesura How are caesuras used in “The Wanderer?”Why are caesuras used?
16 “The Wanderer” Caesura Answer They are breaks in the middle of a lineAdd to rhythmic element, add to meaning they either echo an idea or oppose an idea
18 “The Wife’s Lament” Overview Speaker has been sent into exile by her husband.She still longs for her husbandShe is angry and bitter about her friendless, lonely, joyless fate she must endure.Be able to answer essential question on pg. 31