Wulf And Eadwacer : Analysis

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“Wulf and Eadwacer”: They are One
One of the most intriguing questions about “Wulf and Eadwacer” is whether or not it is designed to portray a specific plot and set of characters or is it created to have numerous scenarios derived by its audience. Found in the Exeter Book preceding a section of riddles has led many scholars to believe that this poem’s anonymous author intended for it to be ambiguous and riddle-like ( ). Several varied interpretations of the plot include an adulteress women longing for her lover, a mother mourning the loss of her son, a wife longing for the return of her husband or lover, and a canine love story, but they all have inconsistencies or must make instantiated assumptions about the original text to fit their explication (Aertsen 124). According to Greenfield, the “majority of critics have found four characters” in the poem and the plot involves some sort of love relationship (6). Definitively answering who Wulf and Eadwacer are in relation to the speaker and how the hwelp wulf plays into the poem have been a continuous puzzle for many. In agreement with the popular consensus of critics, the theme is about a woman who is longing for her man, but viewing the text using a metaphorical lens and analyzing the play on words, it is apparent that the only two characters used in this poem include the female speaker and her unmarried lover. Numerous critics have examined each word and line of this poem and many have developed similar modern English…
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