Elegy Poem

Topics: Exeter Book, Suffering, Love Pages: 2 (669 words) Published: February 10, 2013
Out of a bad situation, you can learn and grow. In all three poems, The Seafarer, The Wanderer, and The Wife’s Lament the main character was exiled causing great pain and sorrow. Through this pain and sorrow they saw some beauty in the situation.

In The Seafarer the character is on his ship hopelessly lost at sea. He suffers from loneliness, sadness and pain from being lost at sea. In the poem he says “How the sea took me, swept me back And forth in sorrow and fear and pain.” ( The Seafarer pg 17) It also showed that he felt hopeless, like there is nothing he can do in his will to make the situation better. When he said "No kinsman could offer comfort there, To a soul left drowning in desolation" (pg 18) On top of being lonely and sad, the weather was not pleasant at all; "My feet were cast In icy bonds, bound with frost." (pg 17) The weather was freezing cold and unpleasant. Even though he was suffering from being exiled, he found beauty in the situation. "My soul roams with the sea, the whales Home, wandering to the widest corners." (pg 18) His curiosity about the world reached a climax, even through the misery. Also, in the end, what really matters is God and heaven. We should not be attached to worldly things, but to our home in heaven; also in the end you will have eternal joy with God. " To rise to that eternal joy, That life born in the love of God And the hope of Heaven. Praise the Holy Grace of Him who honored us." (pg 20)

In The Wanderer the main character is also faced with exile. The death of his dear lord caused him to wander aimlessly in search for a new home. Searching for the new home was not an easy task either physically or emotionally. "When the dark earth covered my dear lord's face, And I sailed away with sorrowful heart."(The Wanderer pg 21) This really hurts his heart because he is homesick and misses his lord. He longs for the love that the lord had shown him when he was alive. "The longing for a loved one,...
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