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The Wanderer

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Andrew Jeannett

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The Wanderer Political Context Theme Text An Anglo Saxon Poem The Wanderer's publication dates c. 900 during the Anglo Saxon era though it was probably written a couple hundred years before that Social The idea of being exiled from your previous tribe and lord was common in Anglo Saxon culture whether it was voluntary or involuntary The Wanderer is a 115 line poem that describes a warriors journey, physical and spiritual, through his exile at sea. Due to it's wording and philosophical themes, the Wanderer is very controversial. Historians are still debating to this day over it's meaning and what the anonymous author was trying to convey. Warriors found their identity in the crew they rolled with And for one to be exiled, or separated, from his lord and fellow men in arms is a very sorrowful event thus the setting and tone of this poem EXILED Religion There are heavy themes of religion and faith in this poem
illustrated in the warriors self reflection and through his contemplation of
life. At the time of publication Christianity had been gaining popularity throughout Anglo Saxon culture that is why it is believed that any Christian themes in this poem were added later and that the original poem was essentially a pagan poem Tone Symbolism The The Wanderer is about a warrior exiled from his kin, friends, home, and his generous king. Out at sea, the isolated and confused warrior expressively dreams that he is in the midst of his companions and king once again embracing them affectionately, but awakens to find the harsh reality of his exile. "It is better for the one that seeks mercy,
consolation from the father in the heavens, where, for us, all permanence rests." The author speaks of the fading of this world along with the permanence of the afterlife or "Heavens". The warrior dives deep into his feelings of loneliness and ponders his eternal fate, feelings drawn from his past tragedy's of war and the loss of everyone he cares about. The is essentially the question of our existence here on earth The tone of the Wanderer could be described as sorrowful but at the same time it is quite serene with his natural Imagery of a hostile winter with the sight and sound of birds, replacing human companionship Wanderer S P i r i t u a ll y P h y s i c a ll y Wander Works Cited

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Greenfield, Stanley B., Fred C. Robinson, and Eston Everett Ericson. A Bibliography of Publications on Old English Literature to the End of 1972: Using the Collections of E.E. Ericson. Toronto: University of Toronto, 1980. Print.

“The Wanderer.” Recommended Reading 500 Classics Reviewed (1995): 1. MagillOnLiterature
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Abrams, M. H. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. New York: W.W. Norton,
1968. Print.

Andrew Jeannett
Josiah Macfoy
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