In his introduction to the poem known to scholars as The Wifes Lament, Mark Amodio argues that there is considerable support for the view that this poem is a riddle. If we subscribe to this view, how might we answer the riddle? Who or what is the I that is doing the speaking or singing? A rejected woman in exile? A ghost? A nun? A hermit crab? Something else?
Your task is to develop an answer to the riddle of The Wifes Lament. Use your close reading skills to find textual evidence from Treharne’s translation to support your proposed answer. Feel free to propose an unconventional answer, as long as you can support it using the text.
*Do not use outside sources for this assignment.
FEEDBACK FROM TEACHER THAT NEEDS TO BE RE-WRITTEN INTO THE ESSAY!!!!
You have given a summary of the poem here with good quotes to support the narrative that we can glean from the text, but I don’t see a central argument – a specific interpretation of the poem as a riddle of which you convince your reader. Good quotes and integration, but they are not clearly supporting a strong thesis statement.