“The Wanderer” portrays the current situation of various speakers that are all intertwined. The poem goes into grave detail as to the feelings, hardships, and memories of the various speakers, leaving the reader feeling as if they were actually there. Of course, grave detail is just one of the ways the author puts the reader “within” the piece. The speaker uses alliteration, caesura, imagery, metaphors, and tone to establish the austere mood of the poem. As the poem unravels with such strong emotion, it pulls the reader in deeper with every line read. In the beginning of the poem, the speaker, or lone-dweller, “longs for relief” from his exile at sea. As the reader, we can feel the pain he is feeling and in some way can relate to his loneliness. He goes on to explain how everyone he loves is gone. It is to be assumed that everyone is gone because they have converted to Christianity and either been killed or exiled. He feels that there is no one to share his feelings with since he ultimately has no one. As he is exiled to sea and you can almost feel the cold moving in through your bones as does the lone-dweller. His hopeless tone is asserted by the alliteration used. Repetitions such as “Wanderer weary, cruel combats, and alone always”, put emphasis on words that reflect the poems austere mood. This repetition ultimately helps to establish the speaker’s lonely state and the things that lead him to this point. Another device used is caesura, which means a break near the middle of the line. These breaks make the flow of the poem more dramatic. As the lone-dweller wallows in his fate, the pauses in the lines give imagery to tides. The line starts, pauses, and fades. Just as the tides of the oceans would come in, pause, and fade back out. This gives the reader the feeling that they are there, exiled in the “ice-cold seas” with the lone-dweller. It gives the reader a moment to reflect on what is being said, so it sits more deeply within. As the story...
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