Themes In The Seafarer And Other Anglo-Saxton Lyric Poetry

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Some people choose where their destiny goes and some just float with it. In the Anglo-Saxton period a home wasn’t seen as it is today, we are citizens of a nation, and not long ago we served under kings and lords. In The Seafarer and most other Anglo-Saxton Lyric poems, they tell a tale of exile from a single speaker, it brings the raw emotion and mood of the story reminding us that pain has no limits. The predominant mood in the The Seafarer is one of discontent and sorrow.
The Seafarer’s mood starts with depression and sorrow telling of hardships he endured in the sea. He describes his travels, “How the sea took me, swept me back and forth in sorrow and fear and pain.” (The Seafarer 21). It showed his suffering, tested his endurance, and gave him a will to live. He gets an feeling from the sea that no one could understand living on land, “At my sea-weary soul. No man sheltered On the quit fairness of earth can feel How wretched I was, drifting through winter On an ice-cold sea, whirled in sorrow, Alone in a world blown clear of love, Hung with icicles.” (The Seafarer 22). The pain of being alone and in constant worry is hard to live with, but he can’t help the need he has for the sea, “I put myself back on the paths of the sea. Night would blacken; it would snow from the north: Frost bound the earth and hail would fall. The coldest seeds, And how my heart would begin to beat, knowing once more The sault waves tossing and the towering sea! The time for journeys would come

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