The Wanderer (anglo-saxon themes and ideas)

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Anglo-Saxon Themes or Ideas and Literary Techniques on “The Wanderer” In an old monastery British experts found a piece of literature entitled “The Wanderer.” The piece was written in Latin, so the British assumed it was from the medieval period. When Virginia Jones studied it, she was convinced it was not from the medieval period, but from the Anglo-Saxon period. After evaluating “The Wanderer” my team from Oxford and I agree with Dr. Jones. We found many Anglo-Saxon ideas (or themes) and several literary techniques used in the Anglo-Saxon period as well. Many Anglo-Saxon themes were used. One example is the combination of Christian and pagan ideas. An example of a pagan idea from the text is “the fates of men.” A Christian idea might be “Good man is he when guardith his faith.” An Anglo-Saxon theme we also Continue...


The Lyric poem was a common Anglo-Saxon technique. "Dreams of hall men, The dealing of treasure... when his lord had welcome to wassail and feast. The Anglo-Saxons also used caesura, which was expressed in the poem with the quote "When I reflect on the fates of men. A depressing elegiac mood was also shown in this piece. Anglo-Saxons traveled by sea because they lived in Denmark, where warriors had to travel due to geography. The poem had an elegiac mood, which was shown in the poem by the speaker's tone that sounded like he was in sorrow or mourn of deaths. saw used was the mead hall for the center of life. One example of a kenning was the word "heavenly father, which was used in place of the word God (means the same). This is expressed by the quotations, searching for another mead hall. The next thing we looked for were the Anglo-Saxon literary techniques. The words fate and wyrd show that it is an Anglo-Saxon poem. The reason for the Latin writing could have been from a monk translating the Old English to Latin. In the poem the "tossing sea is described to show he's at sea. One of the most common Anglo-Saxon techniques was the alliteration.