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Choose either the theme of exile or the theme of long journeys and illustrate how the theme appears in the poem

The Wanderer

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Exile was one of the most tragic fates that Anglo-Saxon man or woman could imagine. As the relationship between a Lord and his retainer was of utmost significance, voluntary or forced exile was akin to a modern prison sentence. In "The Wanderer," the titular narrator mourns the death of his lord and his inability to find a new one. He journeys throughout the lands in isolation, remembering the warmth of the hearth and the laughter in the mead-hall. For him, the pain of separation is acute.