Compare And Contrast The Wanderer And To Penshurst

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1. Consider carefully both The Wanderer and “To Penshurst.” Do descriptions of the past have similar qualities and effects in these two works? Why or why not? In answering this question, you will need to consider carefully how each author invokes the past and why the past is important in each of these texts.
P grace more idyllic nature cause synecdoche is pastoral but W is an elegy temporalities hide loneliness bWHAT THEY DONT HAVE
Answer #1 - The Wandered versus To Penshurst:

When comparing The Wanderer and “To Penshurst,” there are stark differences in the way the past is evoked and viewed because the former is elegiac and the later is idyllic. On a basic level, The Wanderer is a classic example of elegy because it expresses sadness over what the the Wandered has lost as he laments for the death of an era in his life. This lamentation can been in the opening when the Wanderer says “‘Often the lone-dweller longs for relief’” (1) or “‘Therefore I don’t know why my woeful / heart should not wax dark” (58-9). Essentially, the entire poem consists of the Wanderer “waxing dark” about lost kin/wealth/loneliness and because of negativity he “longs for relief.” “To Penshurst,” on the other hand, recalls glorious moments both past and present with an air of content nostalgia. “To Penshurst’s” narrator does this by actively addressing the country house through personification and apostrophe which gives the property a sense of importance in identity. Penhurst is nearly depicted
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