Presentation on theme: "“The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” & “The Wife’s Lament."— Presentation transcript:
“The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” & “The Wife’s Lament
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
“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
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
“To the open ocean, breaking oaths” Purpose to oral tradition: helps with rhythm and memorization
“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
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
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
How is “The Seafarer” an example of elegiac poetry and lyrical poetry?
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
Lines How does the kenning “gold-lord” help you infer the wanderer’s goal?
Suggests wander’s livelihood is intimately connected with his having a lord, or one who will provide him with gold, or money.
Read lines What images and ideas do alliteration and assonance bind together in these lines?
Alliteration: “walls wondrous high,” serpent shapes,” and “carnage…and conquering fate” Assonance: “warriors” with “memorials”
How are caesuras used in “The Wanderer?” Why are caesuras used?
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
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