- elegiac consolatio
- ubi sunt
- "The Seafarer"
- Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy
- Fike, "'The Wanderer' and the Psychology of Sailing" (on
- What is the dramatic situation in the poem? What
actions are described?
- The poem's title was added by a modern editor named
Benjamin Thorpe. If it were not called "The Wanderer," what other titles
might be suitable?
- Do you find elements of old heroism in the poem's
- Is there a problem? See Proverbs 29:11: "A fool
gives full vent to his anger, / but a wise man quietly holds it back."
- Outline the poem. What sections emerge?
- Because there was no punctuation in the original, it is
extremely difficult to tell who is speaking. What you see in your book is a
modern editor's interpretation. How many speakers do you think there
are in the poem? Who might they be?
- One speaker:
- Two speakers:
- Three speakers:
- Regarding attitudes toward life's hard knocks, what
alternatives do we find in this poem?
- What images of transience do you find in the poem?
- "Dream sequence":
- Ubi sunt passage: