The Wife's Lament Essays

  • The Wife's Lament Analysis

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    The Balance between The Implicit and The Explicit: “The Wife’s Lament” In “The Wife’s Lament” we see the blurred line between what is explicitly said and what’s inferred. Although some might disagree their degree of importance, I must say that they both make up the poem’s emotional aspect and finality. The poem allows us to make assumptions of women’s hard conditions during those times based on the text: “There I can weep over my exile / my many hardships” (38-39), but we also get the theme of

  • The Vacuum Poem Analysis

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    The Vacuum is a poem about the emptiness of an old man after her wife died. Nemerov started by presenting the environment in which the old man lived in. He also pointed out that the vacuum cleaner was in a corner, seemingly “grinning” (4) at him. He then stated that after his old wife has passed away, she seemed to be inside the vacuum cleaner (8, 9), cleaning up the house whenever the old man used it. The poet further expressed his feeling of loneness by recalling his days with his wife, where she

  • Women In The Wife's Lament

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    In the poem “The Wife's Lament”, by Leofric, he depicts women in the medieval era as meaningless, and unimportant people. However, this all changes by Shakespeare's powerful female characters; Desdemona, in the play “Othello” and Cleopatra in his play “Antony and Cleopatra”. The roles of women have changed from the medieval era from the fifth to fifteenth centuries to the renaissance era which was from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries. Most women in this era had arranged marriages and were

  • The Seafarer And The Wife's Lament

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    Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” and “The Wife’s Lament,” exile was one of many causes of the Anglo-Saxon anxiety. Anglo-Saxon’s lived on an island where it was often cold and wintery. The towns on the island were often large to help with safety, this is why exile was of great concern back then. Whether the exile was being self imposed or enforced by a greater character, life on their own was a scary thought. In the lyrics “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” and “The Wife’s Lament,” an individual was removed from

  • Filial Piety In Lady Hyegyong

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    Finnley Maier Hist 281 Essay 1: Lady Hyegyong ​According to Confucian principals, filial piety is an admired characteristic that means that one possesses a great respect for one’s parents and ancestors. Instead of asking in what parts of the memoir does filial piety come into play, I think that’s it not unreasonable to see that the whole memoir is about piety. Filial piety is the main root in this story and the driving force and in the lives of this royal Korean family. Piety doesn’t just apply

  • Home Is So Sad Poem Analysis

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    At first glance, a "house" and a "home" are the same words. Both describe a place where someone lives, but with a deeper look at the words, we find that a house is simply just a building. A home is much more complicated than that. It is filled with objects and memories, which grow and change along with the family inside of it. Home is a place we come back to after a long day's work, the place where we go to seek shelter and protection. When the world outside is constantly changing the home remains

  • The Wife's Lament And Beowulf Comparison

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    n both the excerpt about Unferth from Beowulf and the poem “The Wife’s Lament”, the themes of betrayal and anger are shown within the stories; however, they are expressed differently. To begin with, Unferth shows his anger towards Beowulf by attempting to embarrass him in front of all the men, including King Hrothgar. For example, Unferth states “No one, neither friend nor foe, could keep you from your sad journey, when you swam out to sea… Breca outslayed you, he was stronger” (427-435). Unferth

  • Compare And Contrast Beowulf And The Wife's Lament

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    In the epic Beowulf and The Wife's Lament poem perceive many differences but similar situations. In the excerpt about Unferth and Beowulf portrays similar reactions of anger and contempt. To start,Unferth begins the first move by challenging Beowulf out of jealousy. For instance, in both excerpts he states Beowulf challenged Brecca to a swimming match and lost; trying to destroy Beowulf's good name in the presence of the king. While Beowulf counters and states Unferth had killed his brothers for

  • Similarities Between The Seafarer And The Wife's Lament

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    The Wanderer, The Seafarer, and The Wife’s Lament are all Medieval literary works that are entwined together with a common theme of exile. As the reader examines each of the three elegiac poems, the eloquence of the explicit significance and their characteristics are brought to actuality through the use of the sea as a metaphor. The sea is an underlining figure that is evident within each poem. With literary devices, imagery, and the strategic elements of each, the three poems are brought into focus

  • Comparing Exeter Poems The Seafarer, And The Wife's Lament

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    What Does it Mean to You? (An Analysis of Three Messages From the Three Exeter Poems) In the Exeter book, there are three poems. Those three poems are called The Wanderer, The Seafarer, and The Wife’s Lament. There are many different messages that people could take from these poems. These people may also take each message differently. Three messages that could come from these Exeter poems are faith in God, fate, and forgiveness. Having faith in God is one message from The Seafarer. In

  • Life In The Seafarer

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    During the tenth century, life for men and women was short and infant mortality rates were extremely high. Life for the Anglo-Saxons was exceptionally unsafe, as they could die at any moment as a result of disease, starvation, a small feud, a war, or capital punishment. Entire kingdoms would collapse, buildings were burned to the ground, and rulers were assassinated as a result of power struggles between neighboring groups. Humans observed the strong presence of death and destruction surrounding

  • Who's For The Game Poem Analysis

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    There are two poems that are being described: “Dulce et Decorum Est” and “Who’s for the Game?”. Both poems both focus on war ,but “Dulce et Decorum Est” is more focused on the harsh and depressing parts of the war. The poem “Who’s for the Game” is more focused on the more friendly recruiting parts of the war. The poems have noticeable similarities and differences through the poems. The poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” mainly describes the war as harsh, depressing, and fierce. This poem expresses suffering

  • Theme Of Trust In Othello

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    Shakespeare’s Othello chronicles the downfall of a noble Moor, Othello, who is deceived by a man he considers his friend, Iago. Throughout the course of the play, Iago toys with Othello and eventually leads him to murder and lose his love, his new wife Desdemona. Iago exploits the unquestioned trust Othello places in him to achieve evil ends. As such, trust is a central theme in the story. In this paper, I will explore the contributing factors as to why Othello places more trust in Iago than he does

  • Love In The Knight's Tale And The Wife Of Bath

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    Throughout the two short stories, “The Knight’s Tale” and “The Wife of Bath,” author Geoffery Chaucer introduces a prominent theme of love to the readers. Although the word love connects to both of these stories, Chaucer portrays love in two entirely different ways. By showing the theme of love in multiple demeanors, Chaucer is allowing readers to be able to relate to his main argument in many different ways. In the ‘Knight’s Tale,” love is shown through nobility and passion; whereas, in the “The

  • Theme Of Family In King Lear

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    A Family’s Betrayal King Lear is a play written by William Shakespeare. Academic researchers do not know an exact date of when it was published, however they know it was towards the early 1600’s. King Lear is an aging English King, who is trying to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. Before his daughters can have their share, they must prove their love to their father. In this literary piece, there are many themes throughout, including courage, deceit, unconditional love, forgiveness

  • Isolation In The Seafarer

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    The three medieval poems, The Seafarer, The Wanderer, and The Wife’s Lament, include many similarities and differences. All of the three medieval poems uses exile/isolation, elements of the story, usage of imagery/sensory, and sound devices. First of all, the theme of exile/isolation is there for all works of the three medieval poems. All characters are alone by themselves. In lines 25-26 of The Seafarer, he is alone and helpless, “No kinsman could offer comfort there, to a soul left drowning in

  • Anglo Saxon Worldview In Beowulf

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    Throughout history, literature has been a gateway to give us a better look into how society used to view the world. A worldview is developed through one's experiences: their pains, losses, joys and successes. The worldview of Anglo-Saxon England from the 8th to 11th century was melancholy and somber based off their values, fears, and beliefs. They had their own values with fame and loyalty, but also betrayal, their own fears with humiliation and loneliness, and, arguably most important, their own

  • Comparing Three Messages From The Seafarer, The Wanderer, And

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    Exeter Poems) The three messages from the Seafarer, The Wanderer, and The Wife’s Lament all have one great message from them and they can all also be about the same things at the same time. In the seafarer it talks about loneliness and how he has no companions on his journey on the sea. In the wanderer it talks about his hardships and what he went through watching the kinsman be slaughtered and ruined. In the wife's lament it talks about deep sadness and how her lord left her and sailed away. These

  • Message From The Exeter Book Analysis

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    Messages From Exile (An Analysis of Messages From The Exeter Book) The Exeter book is a book of three poems: The Seafarer,The Wanderer, and The Wife’s Lament. These poems are set in the time of the Anglo-Saxons. It discusses the feeling of exile both at sea and on land. Many messages are present throughout the poems are centered around results of sadness. Three messages from The Exeter Book are loneliness, escaping through dreams, and grief. The first message that can be taken from The Exeter

  • Sarmiento's Play 'Women In Beowulf'

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    In Beowulf play, women are considered equally as men and they do not seems to centered around male action but they exist in order to make their city a better and more peaceful place to live for the peasants. As Sarmiento mentions in the essay, “men were referred to as wæpnedhealf (weapon-half) or sperehealf (spear-half) and women were wifhealf (wife-half) or spinelhealf (spindle-half)”, which indicates that both women and men are working together instead of making the men to dominate over the women