The Wanderer and Dream of the Rood

In case you’re having problems getting the texts for 2220, here are some online versions of the poems for tomorrow, the 10th of June:

The Wanderer:

The Dream of the Rood:



  1. Hi, this is Patrick Walker and I am responding to “The Wanderer”. I believe that the “other” in this particular piece is a representation of the prodigal son, one of the most popular excerpts from the Bible. Like the prodigal son, the “other” has allowed the pleasures of life to lead to his/her demise and shape him/her into an outcast of society. Clues that lead to this comparison are indicated in lines 18a-37a, as well as lines 64a-72 a. In regards to Anglo-Saxon culture, this coincides with the fact that Anglo Saxon literature includes genres such as sermons and Bible translations.

  2. Hey everyone, I’m responding to “The Wanderer”. I think the wanderer is a person who strays away from his faith and from God, and the poem tells about what can happen to a person that looses his faith. “He who has tried it knows how cruel is sorrow as a companion to the one who has few beloved friends: the path of exile holds him…All the joy has died”- these passages give the feeling of loneliness. I think this means that losing faith and straying from God can lead to loneliness. “Good is he who keeps his faith…It is better for the one that seeks mercy, consolation from the father in the heavens, where, for us, all permanence rests.” – this passage shows that the poem definitely has some meaning to keeping faith in it.

  3. My name is phu and i am responding to “The Dream of the Rood.” I don’t really know who “the other” is. Beside the apparent presence of christ, the talking cross, there is the dreamer and the “evildoers”. This poem is like a sermon telling people to be good christians on earth so that they may be graced by the present of God in heaven. In conclusion, this poem tells me that the Anglo-Saxon culture may have a deep christian value at the root of its society.

  4. My name is Connor Hitt and I am responding to “The Wanderer”. This poem focuses on how everything happens on Earth for a reason. Thw world is guided by fate and without God, nothing matters. But the wanderer is living in the past and in his memories. He wonders how the world came to be so wretched and what happened to the glory days of old. Overall, this poem is based on Christinaity and fate playing the same game together.

  5. Hey, this is Aurora. I’m responding to “The Wanderer.” I think the poem is about a lonely man who no longer has anyone he can trust or count on for help because it says, “Often I had alone/ to speak of my trouble/ each morning before dawn./ There is none now living/ to whom I dare/ clearly speak/ of my innermost thoughts.” Throughout the poem, the narrator says how he had to travel far away alone and friendless, which further describes his loneliness.

  6. Hello everyone this is Jinger and I am responding to the Wanderer. I read this about 3 times and Im still a little confused but I will try my best. What I took from this poem is I found that this person was very lost. Lost physical and mentally. He is stuck and can not find his way back. The tragedy he was withstood has lead him to lose his religion as well. “The weary spirit cannot withstand fate, a troubled mind finds no relief.” Toward the end I think God has shown him through his journey looking back that you have to have faith and believe in fate and if so you will always find home, “Brave is the man who holds to his beliefs…best for a man to seek mercy and confort from the Father in heaven, the safe home that awaits us all.”

  7. Hey, this is Jennifer. I’m responding to “The Dream of the Rood.” This poem focuses a lot on the cross and it’s feelings and experience throughout it’s life from the beginnings as a tree through the crucrcifixion of christ. I believe that the narrator is a person who has sinned in their lifetime, but now has become a more religious person in which he has a vision of spreading the word about Christ in order to better himself and eventually reach heaven. This poem also expresses the rich religious values of the Anglo Saxen society.

  8. Hello, this is George, I am responding to “The Dream of the Rood.” This poem is seems to be a dream the crucifixion and the second coming of Christ. Possibly an early interpretation of these events. Then it writing seems to move toward a feeling of being the cross that Christ laid on and then eventually being a part of the second coming of Christ. If the poem acts as an interpretation of the events, the it is possible that it could be construed as a prediction of some sorts.

  9. Response to “The Wanderer”.
    The ‘other’ in the poem appears to be the wanderer himself. Defined early in the poem from the first line he is described as “solitary” and “sorrowful” as well as “mindful of hardships” in the first two stanzas.
    He tells of what he has learned throughout his past travels, continually stressing his solitude throughout his long journey. After each memory he relates, he follows with a statement of loss and relates the lessons gleaned from these experiences.
    Many of the memories directly relate aspects of the Anglo-Saxon culture, while the continual references to ‘father in the heavens’ relate the presence religion held over the lives and thoughts of the culture.

  10. Hey,
    My name is Matt and I’m responding to “The Dream of the Rood.” It seems as though the poem recalls a dream that the narrator had in which he listens to the tale of the crucifixion from the personified cross on which Jesus was crucified. The “Rood” could refer to the journey of the cross from the forest to the crucifixion and thereafter during which time Jesus’ path of suffering and resurrection are detailed. Also it could refer to the path to salvation for the common man that the narrator seems to extol towards the end of the poem. Further the personification of the cross, whatever or whomever it may represent, leads me to wonder if that personification was designed to make make the work more accessible to those not too far removed from Pagan practices. However, I’m not sure of the exact context in which the work was written.

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