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Throughout the history of British Literature there have always been issues centered on the themes of loneliness desolation or exile Often times authors speak from their own experiences that describe their conflicts with misery and discomfort During the Anglo-Saxon era times were not always blissful and authors chose to pass along stories to generations to reveal their feelings and experiences through poems In the excerpt The Seafarer the themes of loneliness and exile coexist throughout the poem The unknown author utilizes many literary elements to portray an immense amount of emotion within this ambiguously perceived piece of literature The Seafarer is one of the very few pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature that survived through the use of oral tradition Eventually this poem was translated and recorded so that readers can enjoy the poem without it having to be told orally Within the reading of The Seafarer the author utilizes many literary elements to appeal to the audience The authors use of imagery is the first element that portrays the desolate tone In the leading stanzas the speakers voice is one of hopelessness sadness and fearfulness The imagery used by the voice is also evident when the author refers to the effects of the powerful sea My feet were castin icy bands bound with frost with frozen chains and hardship groaned around my heart Hunger tore at my sea-weary soul The Seafarer line 8-12 The tone of deep sadness causes for the audience to feel a certain sense of empathy for the seafarer and this is also where the connection the writer and reader beginsThe author continues to strengthen the appeal with the reader by perpetuating the feeling of loneliness and exile through the use of tone The elegiac poem is established with a personal tone of exile from the beginning The speaker pleads to his audience about his honesty and personal self-revelations to come He tells of the immeasurable suffering sorrow and
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