The Narrator and Memory in "The Wanderer," "The Seafarer" and "The Dream of the Rood"

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Literature, English, poetry, narration, memory, literary criticism


Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Fiction | Poetry


In the poem, "The Seafarer," the narrator speaks of how he feels compelled to go to sea, to journey, as he says "to the land of foreigners far from here." Studying the Old English poems, "The Wanderer," "The Seafarer," and "The Dream of the Rood" was sometimes very much like journeying to a land of foreigners. The seafarer's perpetual wandering on the ocean leads him to a kind of wisdom, an understanding of the nature of the world. While my study of these poems generated more questions than realizations of ultimate wisdom, I think that, in a way, the fact that they were different from most of the literature I'd read, opened up many different possibilities for analysis.

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English: Literature and Writing

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