Brit Lit 1 - The Wanderer Source English Poet Widsith 10th...

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The Wanderer Source: English Poet Widsith 10th C. 975 Found in Exeter Book Form and genre Elegiac lament of exile for loss of lord and kinsmen Elegy Sic transit gloria mundi/Thus passes away the glory of the world Talks about treasures Ubi sunt?/Where are they now? Lament for fallen comrades Lament for past, nostalgia (aching for past) Characterization Lives were uncertain and precarious, lived in mist of constant loss and danger from nature as well as people Man overwhelmed by loneliness Emotions of desolation and isolation Nostalgia for loss of kinsmen and companionship, memories of past, good times, and companionship Themes Precarious nature of human life Dangers of excess Transiency of material things, evanescence of superficial matter Certainty Found in a god of some sort Moral purpose Edify and teach Christian virtues of humility and level-headedness Be aware of pride and overweening confidence Talks about being in a sad state Uses talk about winter to convey the feeling of loss
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