The Wanderer and the Seafarer The Wanderer and the Seafarer 12 December Religion The Seafarer, and the Wanderer accurately reflect the values and ideals of Anglo-Saxon society by illustrating what happens when the chain of loyalty is broken, when a society is without a lord, and the conflict of Christianity and paganism.
Summary[ edit ] Much scholarship suggests that the poem is told from the point of view of an old seafarer, who is reminiscing and evaluating his life as he has lived it. The seafarer describes the desolate hardships of life on the wintry sea. The climate on land then begins to resemble that of the wintry sea, and the speaker shifts his tone from the dreariness of the winter voyage and begins to describe his yearning for the sea.
The sea is no longer explicitly mentioned; instead the speaker preaches about steering a steadfast path to heaven. Another understanding was offered in the Cambridge Old English Reader, namely that the poem is essentially concerned to state: Many of these studies initially debated the continuity and unity of the poem.
One early interpretation, also discussed by W. Lawrence was that the poem could be thought of as a conversation between an old seafarer, weary of the ocean, and a young seafarer, excited to travel the high seas.
This interpretation arose because of the arguably alternating nature of the emotions in the text. An Interpretation",was proposed by O. Anderson, who plainly stated: A careful study of the text has led me to the conclusion that the two different sections of The Seafarer must belong together, and that, as it stands, it must be regarded as in all essentials genuine and the work of one hand: The third part may give an impression of being more influenced by Christianity than the previous parts.
Arngart, he simply divided the poem into two sections. The first section represents the poet's life on earth, and the second tells us of his longing to voyage to a better world, to Heaven.
In David Howlett published a textual analysis which suggested that both The Wanderer and The Seafarer are "coherent poems with structures unimpaired by interpolators"; and concluded that a variety of "indications of rational thematic development and balanced structure imply that The Wanderer and The Seafarer have been transmitted from the pens of literate poets without serious corruption.
By Frederick S. Holton had amplified this finding by pointing out that "it has long been recognized that The Seafarer is a unified whole and that it is possible to interpret the first sixty-three-and-a-half lines in a way that is consonant with, and leads up to, the moralizing conclusion".
In the arguments assuming the unity of The Seafarer, scholars have debated the interpretation and translations of words, the intent and effect of the poem, whether the poem is allegoricaland, if so, the meaning of the supposed allegory. Wisdom[ edit ] Thomas D. Hill in argues that the content of the poem also links it with the sapiential booksor wisdom literaturea category particularly used in biblical studies that mainly consists of proverbs and maxims.
Religion[ edit ] Scholars have often commented on religion in the structure of The Seafarer. Critics who argue against structural unity specifically perceive newer religious interpolations to a secular poem. Much of it is quite untranslatable. Disagreeing with Pope and Whitelock's view of the seafarer as a penitential exile, John F.
This reading has received further support from Sebastian Sobecki, who argues that Whitelock's interpretation of religious pilgrimage does not conform to known pilgrimage patterns at the time.The HyperTexts English Poetry Timeline and Chronology English Literature Timeline and Chronology World Literature Timeline and Chronology This is a timeline of English poetry and literature, from the earliest Celtic, Gaelic, Druidic, Anglo-Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman works, to the present day.
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The poem begins as a narrative of a man's life at sea and then changes to become a praise of God, thus giving the reader hope.
At line 66b, the speaker again shifts, this . The Seafarer is an Old English poem giving a first-person account of a man alone on the sea. The poem consists of lines, followed by the single word "Amen" and is recorded only at folios 81 verso - 83 recto of the Exeter Book, one of the four surviving manuscripts of Old English rutadeltambor.com has most often, though not always, been categorised as an elegy, a poetic genre commonly assigned to a.
Prosody: Prosody, the study of all the elements of language that contribute toward acoustic and rhythmic effects, chiefly in poetry but also in prose. The term derived from an ancient Greek word that originally meant a song accompanied by music or the particular tone or accent given to an individual.
Sep 05, · Christian versus Pagan beliefs, violence and gore, and boasting all were included in Anglo-Saxon works of literature. Beowulf and The Seafarer were both great stories, and I can see why they stand out among the rest of the works of that time.
Beowulf was exactly that. The violence and gore described in it, gave it that nice touch Status: Resolved.