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Upon reading The Wanderer, the first thing one notices is the dark, depressing mood of the poem. However, many people miss the overarching message of hope

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Choi Justin Choi Professor Brokaw Literature 40: Intro to British Literature 24 September 2012 He Came, He Saw, He Wandered Upon reading ?The Wanderer?, the first thing one notices is the dark, depressing mood of the poem. However, many people miss the overarching message of hope that prevails in spite of the Wanderer?s unfortunate situation. By analyzing the Wanderer?s meditations on sorrow, wisdom, and life during his exile the reader finds hope beyond a chaotic and destructive world through salvation with God. This is important to note as it shows the Wanderer is not a pitiful outcast being, but a shining example of how people must find strength in God during the temporary struggles of life. At the beginning of the poem, the Wanderer laments that he is alone and wishes for mercy from God, but acknowledges that ?fate is firmly set? (5). Because he knows a ?downcast heart wont defy destiny,/ nor the sad spirit give sustenance? (15-16) ...read more.

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A wise man must be patient, not too hot of heart nor hasty of speech, ???????????????? and never eager to commit until he can be sure. ???????????????? A wise man must know the misery of that time when the world?s wealth shall all stand waste. (64-66, 69, 73-74) In short, the Wanderer says that in addition to being old, a wise man does not share his troubles with the world, thinks before he speaks or acts, and has lived through some hard times. Based on previously introduced information about him, it can be deduced that the Wanderer is a wise man and is qualified to comment on life and seek the answer to why he is not hopeless. Next, the Wanderer goes off on an internal journey reflecting on how the life of mead halls, friendship, and wealth is all gone because of war and acts of God. ...read more.

Conclusion

?All shall be well for him who seeks grace,/ help from our father in heaven where a fortress stands for us all? (114-115). What the author says here with this one sentence is really the overarching message that he has been trying to impart throughout the entire poem. Essentially that message is this: relax. Even though times may be rough now, all of your problems are temporary, and they can be fixed. Hold on, seek comfort in the Lord, and all will be well in heaven. You are in good hands. When a closer look is taken at ?The Wanderer?, the true meaning of the poem is revealed. By examining the Wanderer?s meditation, the author?s message of strength through religion becomes clear and logical. It is now apparent that rather than a depressing elegy, ?The Wanderer? is in fact a hopeful poem that portrays an ideal example of turning to God in the face of adversity. ...read more.

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