The Wife's Lament

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  • The Wife's Lament Essay

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    The Wife's Lament Over the years, there have been many interpretations of who the speaker of The Wife’s Lament could be. These range from very interesting ideas to ones that seem a little rough around the edges. It is obvious that no sure answer can be found due to the fact that whoever wrote this poem is dead and that the answer will always be in speculation even if it is correct. Hopefully, at the end of this quest I will be slightly more enlightened as to who the true speaker may really be

  • Loss and Reflection in The Wife's Lament

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    Loss and Reflection in “The Wife’s Lament” Isolation from society can evoke a deep loneliness and self-reflection. The poem "The Wife's Lament" from the Exeter Book expresses the desolation of exile. The dominant theme is the contrast of a happy past and a bleak present of isolation. The anonymous author of "The Wife's Lament" uses setting, tone, and conflict to develop the theme of great loss. He/she augments a situation in which meditation on life's past joys is the only redemption in a life sentenced

  • Analysis Of The Wife's Lament

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    colors, like poetry without rhyme… being away from you are my life’s darkest times. I miss you.”-Anonymous. This quote is telling us how they feel about someone they miss and it could also be used to describe how the wife feels in “The Wife’s Lament”. “The Wife’s Lament”tells about a sad ,lonely, wife that is missing her husband. In the story you can tell she is sad because of the the stuff she says. “I sing a song about myself full sad , my own distress.” She is clearly sad and wants to tell someone

  • The Wife's Lament

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    The Wifes Lament “Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family, but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything” -Warren G. Harding. The Wifes Lament by an unknown scop is an elegy about the betrayal, exile, voyages, and friendship. She laments the loss of her husband, prays for friendship and suffers from exile. The first section of this elegy the women speaking begins telling us how she is fixing to leave on a voyage. Anglo-Saxon women did not go on voyages

  • Alliteration In The Wife's Lament

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    "The Wanderer" and "The Wife's Lament" are both an elegy written during the Anglo-Saxon period, which makes the style of writing very similar. The themes are both similar revolving around sadness, exile, and lamenting which gives portrays a very melancholy, sorrowful, and wishful mood. The stories both are scattered with caesuras everywhere, because these elegy's were often memorized and repeated in this time period. Also, both stories include many figurative language like alliteration and assonance

  • The Seafarer And The Wife's Lament

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    Similarity in literature has been around for many years, meaning things have been somewhat the same for centuries. Furthermore, similarity is when two or more things have something in common. “The Seafarer”, “The Wanderer”, and “The Wife's Lament” bring many similar subjects, moods, imagery, and themes. These three poems share similarity because they are all around the same time period which is around a.d. 950 and they all talk about the main characters being alone and sad. “The Seafarer” is about

  • The Wife's Lament Analysis

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    different characters and places. Since the religion of christianity was so important to the Anglo-Saxons, this was a scary thing for many of them to find in their literature. After one examines the lyrics in “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” and “The Wife’s Lament,” one will notice that exile is included in all three of these Anglo-Saxon stories. In each of these stories, the theme of exile is prominently emphasized through at least one detail. For example, in the stories “The Seafarer” and “The Wanderer

  • The Wanderer And The Wife's Lament Comparison

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    Anglo-Saxon literature often expressed concepts of survival, battle, exile, male dominance in society, and loyalty to the lord. These aspects are strongly represented in both “The Wanderer” and “The Wife’s Lament”. Both elegies deliver themes of self-exile and the mourning of lost companions. Ideas of longing and alienation are present in these two Anglo-Saxon poems through use of figurative language, structure, point of view, comparison, and various other literary techniques. In “The Wanderer”

  • The Seafarer The Wife's Lament And The Wanderer

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    kingdoms and the suspicion for what the banishment had resulted from. This was motivation for the constant fear of banishment and allowed for authority to be assured using only a single word. However, as shown in the poems The Seafarer, The Wife’s Lament, and The Wanderer, occasionally exile was not

  • Comparing The Seafarer And The Wife's Lament

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    poems from Exeter Book were The Seafarer, The Wanderer, and The Wife’s Lament. In these three poems from Exeter Book three messages of loneliness, exile, and the effect of relationships appear throughout them. In The Seafarer,