The Anglo-Saxon poem, “The Wife’s Lament” is written in a first person narrative, which gives it more depth than if it had been simply written in the third. The poem is the lament of a titular wife because she is “tortured by the anguish of exile” (5). She feels forsaken by her lord, who she also refers to as her husband, who has left her alone to sail the ocean blue. Even though the author is unknown, it is my impression that the poem was written by a woman because of the intuitive way in which the author conveys her depth of loneliness and the total isolation of which the author speaks. If the author was merely a casual observer, he or she would not be able to speak with the sorrowful depth of which the exiled wife speaks with. For instance,
Analysis of “The Wife’s Lament”
The Wife’s Lament by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon scop. The literary work is contained in The Exeter Book. This elegy explores the concept of exile, sorrow, helplessness, betrayal, loneliness, and confusion. The speaker of this elegy will speak about how she is out to search for a way to relieve her pain. She feels alone and ignored, and she just wants to be happy and not sad.
The first section is when the speaker talks about how her pain and hardship in the past, is….
Anglo-Saxons believed that human life is shaped by fate. This is shown in the poem “The Wife’s Lament”. The author in “The Wife’s Lament” tells her sad story where she does not agree with fate’s decisions. For example: In lines 21-25, the wife of a sailor feels neglected after being pushed out of her home and feels like fate turned on her, as if the wife and her husband were never even friends. The wife has a feeling of being abandoned due to she basically has been. Her husband is gone, whether dead….
The Wife’s Lament is a poem that is well known as an Anglo Saxon elegy, although to this day, it is still challenged by some scholars to be, in fact, a riddle. The Wife’s Lament is an elegy that tells the story of a female narrator mourning for her husband, and she is reflecting on her great loss. The poem shares the same characteristics with those of an elegy, which include the passing of time, pain, exile, separation and longing. This Anglo Saxon poem has also been characterized as a riddle, where….
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In The Wife’s Lament, the wife is exiled through multiple scenarios. The Wife is isolated and is tortured by her loneliness. She is exiled by her husband, her home, and her happy lifestyle. The Wife is forced to move to a far away country with her husband, while leaving behind her entire life. In following her husband, she is stabbed in the back by what she thinks is a faithful relationship of love and friendship.
future because he or she was banished from the land to forever be forgotten. The reason for exile may be displayed in different ways, depending upon the lyric or story. Exile is prevalent in the lyrics “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” and “The Wife’s Lament.” Each lyric displays exile in a completely different way; however, all three works instill the fear of exile in a powerful way to the reader/listener.
“The Seafarer” immediately states the main idea of self-imposed exile in the second sentence….
In the “Wife’s Lament”, the woman was abandoned by her husband, but she still believed that her husband would change his mind and get her back. The woman’s pain is that she has no control of her own life. She cried that “the lack of my lord seizes me cruelly here. Friends there are on earth living beloved lying in bed while I at dawn am walking alone under the oak tree through these earth halls”. The woman in the “Wife’s Lament” is full of pain because she was forced to leave her husband. She was….
Everyone thinks that “To be, or not to be” is the real question, but I beg to differ. The real question of our mortal lives isn’t to live or not, but rather how to live. What kind of person who want to be and ultimately what kind of person you are. With that in mind, the real question is, who are you? Furthermore, what are you going to do, or already have done, that make you who you are. Taking it a step farther than that however, would you be the same you if you had different experiences in life….
The Seafarer & The wife's lament
Mother Teresa said, “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved”. I agree because in “The Wife's Lament” we learn that the speaker is feeling both unloved and lonely. In “The Seafarer” the speaker demonstrates his love for the sea, but in reality he is alone because he does not have anyone around him. We learn that loneliness is a common emotion that speaker feels in “The Wife's Lament” and “The Seafarer”.
The Exeter Texts
(A discussion of different kinds of viking texts.)
The Exeter consists of The Seafarer, The Wanderer, and The Wife’s Lament. These stories are different collections of viking texts, they begin to show different sides of these people. During this time period, people craved adventure, glory, and women craved love. These stories are about anglo saxons and their adventures that they crave everyday, they live their lives everyday as if it were their last, they spend everyday in their….
Seafarer and The Wife’s Lament
When you are forced out of your own life, put in exile, banished; loneliness can take over your very being. The poems The Seafarer and The Wife’s Lament is encoded with a mournful and forlorn mood. All the way through these poems immense passion is expressed about the exile of individuals. They show the battle of how being sentenced to destitute can change your view on life, and makes you value the little things, which is something worth learning for….