Anglo Saxon Influence

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The Anglo-Saxon period was a time around 410 AD where settlers from Modern Germany invaded Britain after the failure of the Roman Empire. Anglo-Saxon warriors were hired to preserve the Roman way of life but decided the land was good for themselves. Therefore, Britain became their home. Anglo-Saxons contributed greatly to the foundations of Britain by spreading their culture in ways of their language, literature, religion and traditions in law and government. They were referred to as the “First Englishmen” and left the strongest reminder of their presence in ways such as the Exeter Book. The Exeter Book was literature that expressed all the ways and values of the Anglo-Saxon people. “The seafarer”, “the wanderer”, and “the wife's lament” being part of the Exeter book expressed the central theme of isolationism.
The elegy “The Seafarer” is poem about a man who both loves and hates the sea. Elegiac tradition is one of many Anglo-Saxon elements express throughout the poem. An elegy being a mournful or melancholy poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead. In lines 80-83 the man exclaims “The days are gone when the kingdoms of earth flourished in glory; now there are no rulers, no emperors, no givers of gold, as there once were…..¨ The Seafarer expresses his mournful thoughts on how life used to be and will never be the same for him. Next, Kennings can be found often throughout the poem. Kennings are two or more words put together to serve as a symbol or
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