Posted by: engl2220 | May 20, 2008

09 June 2008

Everyone will write a short paragraph today, as a comment to this post, briefly introducing him or herself and giving a quick response to your assigned poem, think of the following questions: Who is the “other” in the poem? How is he defined? How do we know he’s “the other”? What does this poem tell us about Anglo-Saxon culture?

Group 1 will respond to: “The Seafarer”
Group 2 will respond to: “The Wanderer”
Group 3 will respond to: “The Dream of the Rood”

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Responses

  1. Hi my name is Nathalie Malcolm, and I read “The Wanderer.” The “other” can possibly be identified as a soul who rests assured in an afterlife. He discusses the power of fate and how it involves “hardships, grievous slaughter, the ruin of kinsmen.” It almost seems like the narrator blames fate for his transgressions as he pleads for mercy. The speaker is in fact defined as “the wanderer.” Moreover, the poem shifts into an overlooking view on the decay of man and his riches: “the wine-halls crumble, lords lie dead, deprived of joy.” Although the narrator focuses on death and decay, it’s interesting how he concludes with finding “comfort from the Father in heaven.”


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