Anglo-Saxon England | Woode-walkers
Despite this fact, the Anglo-Saxon period is a time filled with great advancements and discoveries in culture, society, government, religion, literature, and art....
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The Anglo-Saxon poem was meant to be sung, hence memorized. The elegydates from no later than the eleventh century, more likely hundreds ofyears earlier; it dates more or less from the era of ,the most familiar of the Anglo-Saxon poems. "The Wanderer" conjures theperennial fear of the European Dark Age outposts of modestcivilization: violence and the rapacity of unseen and unpredictableforces. It is an uncertainty vaguely reflected in all cultures overtime and distance, not exempting today.
The unfortunate man thinks of the passing away of these heroes and the resultant disintegration of the very social fabric of Anglo-Saxon society. With the destruction of the hall, all splendor is lost and it only emphasizes the essential mutability of this earthly life, the fact that nothing is permanent in this world. This sentiment is poignantly expressed in the following moving lines :