old english journies

811 Words2 Pages

The Journeys in Old English Poetry In the poems “The Wanderer”, “The Wife’s Lament”, and “Cuchilainn's Boyhood Deeds” there are journeys that each of the characters go through in the poems. In The Wanderer and “The Wife's Lament” the characters are dealing with the lose of a what they called life. In “Cuchilainn's Boyhood Deeds” the young man in the poem is seeking glory and honor. The poem dapple in both a physical journey and a mental or emotional dilemma. In “The Wanderer” the warrior is sent off in exile and he dreams of finding a new lord and a new hall to become apart of. In “The Wifes Lament”, the wife is also living in exile because he husband family has separated them; she images a life where she isnt so lonely anymore. “Cuchulainn's Boyhood Deeds” is about a boy who imagines himself doing heroic deed to gain favor, honor, and to become a legend. Each of the characters has a physical journey that are in the mist of, but while in the middle of those trial they are also faced with emotional pain and longing for a better life. The poem “The Wife's Lament” the wife is face with being thrown into exile and he urges for he old life where her and her husband can lived in happiness. He journey come about when her husband, who is the Lord, exiles her. His family came between the two of them and inevitable caused their separation, although it isn’t clear in the poem what was the exact event that caused her banishment. The wife is then forced to relocate to the woods and there she spend her days pondering on a life of happiness with her husband. She talks about her husbands feeling towards the situation,saying ”Then I learned my Lord was like myslef”(Wife's Lament 18). She says this about her husband because they both feel betray... ... middle of paper ... ...ould learn that their also is something waiting on us after this life that is far greater. If one looks at “The Wife Lament” he or she should learn to appreciate what they have while it is there because it can disappear in an instant. “Cuchulainn's Boyhood Deeds” can be conveyed as a way to always strive to accomplish your dreams. If there is something that you want bad enough in life you should stop at nothing until you accomplish it. Works Cited Hill, Thomas D. "The Unchanging Hero: A Stoic Maxim In The Wanderer And Its Contexts."Studies of Philology101.3 (2004): 233-249.Academic Search Complete. Web. 9 Feb. 2014. Greenblatt, Stephen, and M. H. Abrams. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 9th ed. Vol. A. New York: W.W. Norton, 2012. Print Fant, Barbara Jean. Cuchulainn compared with other folk epic heroes. MS thesis. Montana State University., 1954.

Open Document