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1 “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” & “The Wife’s Lament

2  What is this poem about? ◦ A seafarer who drifts away from human companionship ◦ Even though he is “drowning in desolation” he continues to return to the sea ◦ Life no matter where it is spent is exile ◦ The only home is heaven

3  “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  Eagle’s screams: caw  Summer’s sentinel: the cuckoo  The whale’s home: the sea  Purpose to oral tradition: poetic words used for imagery and memorization

5  “To the open ocean, breaking oaths”  Purpose to oral tradition: helps with rhythm and memorization

6  “This tale is true, and mine. It tells”  “My soul roams with the sea, the whales Home, wandering to the widest corners Of the world, returning ravenous with desire, Flying solitary, screaming…”  Provides rhythm and repetition

7  Wandering With the Anglo-Saxon belief of home, to be wandering was to have nothing  Exile 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  Lyrical Poetry expresses the thoughts and feeling of a single speaker's life  Elegiac Poetry a type of lyric poetry where the loss of someone or something is mourned

9  How is “The Seafarer” an example of elegiac poetry and lyrical poetry?

10  What is this poem about? ◦ Wanderer has experienced a complete collapse ◦ His lord died ◦ He has no purpose ◦ He has no one to promise his loyalty to ◦ He is left to wander in search of a new lord

11  Lines  How does the kenning “gold-lord” help you infer the wanderer’s goal?

12  Suggests wander’s livelihood is intimately connected with his having a lord, or one who will provide him with gold, or money.

13  Read lines  What images and ideas do alliteration and assonance bind together in these lines?

14  Alliteration: “walls wondrous high,” serpent shapes,” and “carnage…and conquering fate”  Assonance: “warriors” with “memorials”

15  How are caesuras used in “The Wanderer?”  Why are caesuras used?

16  They are breaks in the middle of a line  Add to rhythmic element, add to meaning they either echo an idea or oppose an idea

17  Isolation

18  Speaker has been sent into exile by her husband.  She still longs for her husband  She is angry and bitter about her friendless, lonely, joyless fate she must endure.  Be able to answer essential question on pg. 31


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