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The Wanderer

An epic description of the poem.
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Kyle Decker

on 14 September 2012

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Transcript of The Wanderer

The Wanderer Life in Exile The worst fate in Anglo-Saxon life was exile, it was considered to be even worse than death. The Good Life The wealthy of the Anglo-Saxons enjoyed many luxuries that the common people did not. For example the wealthy might have enjoyed gold items as pictured to the right. They also lived in big houses comparitively to the average Anglo-Saxon home. Continued... Many people of wealth and
power also had more colorful
clothing, this showed their
wealth because colors that
were further from earthtones
were more expensive. The Wanderer Religious Views The religion of the Anglo-Saxons
was Celtic Christianity. more connected with nature
comfortable with ancient Celtic religion
deny authority from the Pope Kennings Kennings are used throughout the poem, one example of this is- "he remembers the hall-retainers,
and the receipt of treasure" Christian Elements There are many references to God in "The Wanderer" especially at the end when the main character announces that he still has hope and puts his faith in God. He shows that the Anglo-Saxons were very serious in their faith by stating- "Well it is for him who seeketh mercy, comfort, at the Father in heaven, where all our fastness standeth." Alliteration In the poem, the main character uses alliteration to create
a type of rhythm in the poem, as well as using it to
strengthen a statement by setting it apart from the other
parts of the poem. This can be seen in the quote- "The prudent man should understand, how ghastly it will be, when all this world's wealth shall stand waste," What he is saying by this quote
is that if a man is smart he will cherish
the time he has of happiness, because he
could very well lose it all in the future.
He is obviously commenting on his own life, and that he wishes that he cherished
his previous happiness, before his exile. ádrogen
"finished" The Story The story of the wanderer is of a man who
once knew wealth and happiness, but has now
been exiled. He wallows amidst his despair
as he remembers his previous glories, but in the end finds solace in his faith, and God. The Story
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