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The Wanderer Seafarer’s Lament Essay

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The Wanderer Seafarer’s Lament
(An analysis of “Seafarer”, “Wanderer”, and “Lament”)

What decision in life can we make on our that, wont affect the life of others, or harm them. How come when we try to protect our most loved ones, there the ones getting hurt the most for our actions that we tend no to acknowledge. Well back before Christ was born there lived a group of people called the Anglo Saxons who where mighty warriors that always set out to sea on voyages or adventures. Many of them died or got lost at sea, never being able to return to their homes to see their loved ones. In this essay we will discuss three messages from three different texts, the “Wanderer” translated by Burton Raffel, “Wanderer” Translated by Charles W. Kennedy, and “Wife’s Lament” Translated by Ann Stanford, each poem tells a different message form different situation and points of views.
The first of our messages is one from the poem “The Wanderer”, which tells a message about religion and faith and how one must handle it. In “The Wanderer” the character is set out into the sea on a voyage and on the voyage he suffers an incident where he is the only one left alive on the boat. He talks about his experience lost at sea and not knowing weather he will make it back alive to see his wife and kids. In this poem the message is of religion, faith, and destiny, the Anglo Saxon comes to a conclusion that whether he reaches land safely is up to destiny. A good example of this message would be from page 23 lines 65-66 “Thus the joys of God Are fervent with life, where life itself fades quickly into the earth.” Thus the meaning of it is that if it’s faith that we die when it is our turn there is nothing that can change that. All he was able to do at sea was pray and hope that destiny and god would grant him the opportunity to live and see his family again.
Our Second message comes from the poem Translated by Charles W. Kennedy “The Wanderer”, who is a homeless man lost at sea who had been exiled from...

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