The Seafarer As you read these poems about people in exile, think about what it would be like to live away from home, unsure of whether you will ever return. Literary Analysis Anglo-Saxon lyrics were composed for __________ and ____________. scops caesuras kennings assonance alliteration elegy The Seafarer Guided Reading Questions 1. Background: What Anglo-Saxon ideas of home and community explain why the speaker feels so strongly about his exile? 2. What sufferings has the speaker endured at sea? 3. How does the alliteration of words beginning with w, r, and s affect the sound and meaning of lines 59-62? 4. Why does the seafarer return to the sea time and again? http://kevinclarkcomposer.com/theatrical-chamber-works/the-seafarer/ The Seafarer Review and Assess #3 What causes the speaker's hear to "begin to beat"? How can someone dislike something as much as the seafarer dislikes life at sea and yet be drawn to it? # 4 What is the seafarer's response to "harps," "rewards," "passion," and other pleasures of life on land (lines 44-47)? Judging from his response to these things, explain whether he is more attached to life on land than he is to life at see. #5 What does the speak mean when he says in lines 58-61 "And yet my heart wanders away, / My soul roams with the sea, ... / ... returning ravenous with desire,..."? Is the speaker fully at home on land, or at sea, or in neither place? Explain.