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    The Seafarer and The Wanderer: Exile Themes

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    1. Can you explain and give references from the poems (quotes, etc.) how the two poems examine exile through emotion and what emotions accompany exile in the two poems?

    2. What circumstances have forced the men to go into exile?

    3.What are the exile lives like? What do each of them see and hear that help examine the exile?

    4. Do either of them draw any lessons from his experience? If so, what are they?

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    1. Both poems thoroughly examine exile themes through emotional recollections and descriptions. As a result, many emotions accompany exile in the two poems to demonstrate the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical hardships that both characters and speakers endure.

    First, sorrow and anxiety are two prominent emotions as the Seafarer reflects, "how I] have suffered have known in the ship/many worries [abodes of care], the terrible tossing of the waves, where the anxious night watch often took me..."

    Similarly, the Wayfarer uses emotion to express exile and vice versa as his sense of sorrow is depicted through exile and alienation emotionally and socially as he recalls, "There is none now living to whom I dare clearly speak." The emotional depth of his loneliness is conveyed through bleak emotions as "So I, often wretched and sorrowful, ...

    Solution Summary

    The theme of exile within two famous Anglo-Saxon poems, The Seafarer and The Wanderer, is briefly explicated in 400 words of personal notes and textual examples.

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