Anonymous: Wulf and Eadwacer

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  • Hugh Magennis (Queen's University Belfast)

Wulf and Eadwacer is a short Old English lyric poem (consisting of nineteen lines) that is preserved in the Exeter Book, a large anthology of mostly Christian verse. Wulf and Eadwacer itself is a purely secular poem, however, expressing human emotion and dealing with human relationship. Traditionally included in the group of Old English “elegies”, it is remarkable as one of only two surviving poems in Old English with a female speaker (the other being The Wife’s Lament) and it is also a rare example of an Old English poem with a stanza-like structure and use of refrain …

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Magennis, Hugh. "Wulf and Eadwacer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 June 2006
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]