Throughout the history of British Literature, there have always been the themes of loneliness, torment or exile. Many times authors speak from their experiences and at times those experiences have to do with misery and discomfort with their lifestyles. In the Renaissance age, times were not always happy and people chose to pass on stories generation to generation to reveal their feelings and experiences. Poems made a great impact in easing the pain. In the poems, "The Seafarer" and "The Wanderer", the themes of loneliness and exile exist throughout both of the poems. The unknown authors portray the two themes through detail and emotion. "The Seafarer" creates a storyline of a man who is "lost" at sea. There is a major reference to
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"The Wanderer" also deals with the same themes. This poem portrays a "lost" character that needs to find his way back into society but can't. It shows his feelings of loneliness and hopelessness. It also gives an impression of his loss: "So have I also, often in wretchedness fettered my feelings, far from my kin, homeless and hapless, since the days of old, When the dark earth covered my dear lord's face, And I sailed away with sorrowful heart, Over wintry seas, seeking a gold-lord, If far or near lived one to befriend me." (18-24). The author is saying that this character just experienced a loss of his king and it forced him to go out and search for another. The use of the image of the earth covering his lord's face gives the reader an exact look at what is happening. The poem contains two speakers that convey the story. It switches back and forth and creates an interesting storyline. The symbolic part of this poem lets the author create a situation and interpret it through hidden meanings. "Blowing snow and the blast of winter enfold the earth; night-shadows fall darkly lowering, from the north driving raging hall in wrath upon men."(94-97). This quote is showing a comparison between harsh weather and men falling to their doom; shows how the weather represents the harsh times of the early ages. Basically, this poem's grief is the falling of many warriors and great men and the feeling of loss and misguidance for the character.
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