The Wanderer : A Literary Analysis Essay

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“The Wanderer”: A Literary Analysis “The Wanderer,” a short poem written during the Anglo-Saxon period, is an elegy regarding a warrior whose lord, friends, and land have been destroyed by war. Many elements of the poem bring its sorrowful message to life, such as the perspective it is told in, its elegiac tone common to the poetry of the time, its eloquent, descriptive diction, and, although not necessarily mournful, a transition into something more of a wisdom poem. Most of these qualities exemplify the style of writing found in various works of the Anglo-Saxon era. First of all, the poet made the choice of expressing experiences and thoughts through the main character from a first person point-of-view, as is common among several Anglo-Saxon poems. This choice works quite well for the poem due to the fact that it allows the reader to connect with the speaker on a more personal level. For example, the benefit of this writing perspective shows through when in part of his soliloquy the speaker states, “Therefore I don 't know why my woeful heart / should not wax dark in this wide world / when I look back on the life of eorls” (lines 58-60). If these soliloquies were written in anything other than first-person, the reader would feel more emotionally and mentally detached from the poem. Consequently, this is one of the qualities that makes “The Wanderer” constitute a masterpiece of the Anglo-Saxon era. Secondly, the author carries out his choice of a sad, elegiac tone…

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