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The poem The Wifes Lament takes the reader on a complex journey into the life of a woman living in the Old English world and struggling with both the frustration of being separated from her lover and the inability to rectify her situation Throughout the poem the speaker reminisces on specific events from her past and also periodically comments on her present situation with emotion reflection and speculation By doing this she is able to illustrate to the reader the difficulties that women in the Old English time period were faced with and also how many women were victims of their own environment and defenseless in determining their fate Due to the complexity of translation the poem can be interpreted in numerous ways Women in Old English society were treated as objects and as property While being owned by a certain lord they would often get passed around from one lord to another in attempt to make peace even to be traded off or exchanged between lords and lordships The Wifes Lament portrays a women who is The wife seems to realize her hardships but has an overall passive endurance to the situation that she is in The Wifes Lament is an example of a fraunleider genre of Old English poetry and several aspects of the poem illustrate this fact To begin the poem is a lyric and expresses personally concerned female emotions and an overall focus on pain sorrow and frustration throughout the different stanzas The first stanza describes the reasoning for the wifes anguish her husband taking from her the tossing waves Taking my lord and she is now left alone in a world that is totally unfamiliar and hostile This aspect The lives of women in Old England were completely centered around their lord They had no other duty but to serve him and make him happy by entertaining in the hall and supplying many children
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