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When interpreting any type of literature it is always important to attempt to divine the authors purpose in creating the work The poems The Wanderer and The Seafarer are no exception to the rule Far from being simple and easily interpreted they are both packed with content purpose and hidden meaning but while they may contain the same types of goals the content and meaning differ drastically in many areas anywhere from actual feelings and methods to lessons and teachings These poems are not meant to be read as merely stories but are to be taken as lessons for the way which the people hearing them live their own lives They are both methods of teaching and communication set upon the same background that of the sea with many similar views such as those of God Its good to find your grace in God the heavenly rock where rests our every hope The Wanderer God is mightier than any mans mind Our thoughts should turn to where our home is The Seafarer and of kings and kinship Where is the war-steed Where is the warrior Where is his war-lord The Wanderer The days are gone when the kingdoms of earth flourished in glory Now there are no rulers no emperors no givers of gold as there once were The Seafarer However while they both teach lessons they are of different subject material The Seafarers theme is the struggle between home and the road whereas the theme of the Wanderer is that of silent suffering Throughout the entire length of the Seafarer there is a constant struggle between the authors desire to face the elements to battle nature to feel the spray of mist on his face My soul roams with the sea the whales home wandering to the widest corners of the world returning ravenous with desire flying solitary screaming exciting me to the open ocean breaking oaths on the curve of a wave and
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