Analysis Of The Poem ' The Wife 's Lament '

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“What was it like to lose him? Asked Sorrow. There was a long pause before I responded: It was like hearing every goodbye ever said to me—said all at once,” quoted by Lang Leav. I used this quote to present a similar description on how the wife feels about her husband. “The Wife’s Lament,” is one of the most identifiable Anglo-Saxon elegies and one of the earliest and unique illustrations of a poem composed from a woman’s point of view in British literature. There is no evidence whether the author is a man or a woman since the author did not present himself or herself. In the poem, it is obvious that she yearns for her husband deeply, but it does not tell you if he returns her feelings.
“The Wife’s Lament,” is a preview into the tenth-century Anglo-Saxon England, a point in time when wine streamed in the rivers, and colossal titans roamed the earth. The poem setting is the wife is in a stone cave surrounded by water with no one to help her if she is in danger. In the beginning of the poem she introduces her elegy as a sad tale of her heartache; that never in her life she has gone through. She tells the reader how her husband’s family sent him out to sea and does not know if he will come back to her. The wife then explains how she is anxious for him, she does not sleep, or she wakes up in the morning, and only thinks about her husband. The she made the decision to be banished, which was a norm for women whose husbands had died or left them. She then goes to his people for

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