The Seafarer, The Wanderer and The Wife's Lament

1. Prepare to Read: Pages 14-15

2. Make sure you read the introduction to these poems. Pay close attention to the following sections:

Here are two tests: One is an Open Book Test and the other is called a Selection Test

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Page One: Open Book Test

Page Two: Open Book Test

Page Three: Open Book Test

Page One: Selection Test

Page Two: Selection Test

Page Three: Selection Test

Here are your vocabulary for these 3 poems:

caesuras* (Look Me Up!) admonish redress
















fain bide rime-covered
byrny-clad compassionate mewing
unfurl blanch chaste
exile woefully wretchedness
sage smitten decrees
wayfaring tumult mournful

*Literary Terms found on pages 15 and 27 and R6 in the back of your textbook

The Seafarer: 17-20 Listen to the Poem! Read the Poem!

The Wanderer: 21-24 Listen to the Poem!

The Wife's Lament: 25-26 Listen to the Poem! Read the Poem (Alternate Version)

Other resources: The Wife's Lament, The Wanderer, The Seafarer

Here are your assignments for these poems: Feel free to copy, paste and print! Or (Here's a printable version...)



The Seafarer, The Wanderer and The Wife’s Lament: Final Test

(Pages 14, 15, 17-26)

Read each question carefully. Answer each question by providing supporting details from your textbook. Be specific! Write in pen. Write on your own paper. DO NOT WRITE ON THIS PAPER!



  1. Describe the “oral tradition” and its place in Anglo-Saxon literature.



  1. What is The Exeter Book? What is its significance?



  1. What were some views from the Anglo-Saxon culture? What were their beliefs?



  1. What rights did women have? Explain.



  1. Provide an example of caesura.



  1. Provide an example of kenning.



  1. What is an elegy? Why is The Wife’s Lament an elegy?



  1. Briefly summarize The Seafarer. Explain what the poem is really about.



  1. Briefly summarize The Wanderer. Explain what the poem is really about.



  1. Briefly summarize The Wife’s Lament. Explain what the poem is really about.



  1. Use the following vocabulary words in a brief story about being lost in a deep, dark forest: grievous, sentinel, admonish, rancor and rapture. Answer this question only if you have finished all of the other questions!



Consider the following when you take notes for Friday’s exam: