Husband’s message

Published: 26th February 2010
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The husband's message has a feeling of love. The speaker in the poem describes how he came from a long distance (...crossed the ship...) especially to reassure the lady of the lord's great love for her. He also described how the lady and the lord used to live together in love. This is revealed by the use of imagery e.g.

"O lady adorned with such lovely ornaments" which the writer uses to show the picture of the beautiful lady which the 'lord' is in love with. The phrase "At my master's command, I have often crossed the sea" shows the determination of the husband to win the lady's love despite the distance that separates them. The phrase "That mournful sound in the mountain woods" depicts the longing and painful loneliness experienced by the 'lord.' Other poetic devices used to bring this out are for example the assonance "...Swore so long..." which has been used to bring out the long period they were in love and also "give rings" showing the intention of commitment by the husband. There is also personification e.g. the phrase "Just as soon as you hear the cuckoo's sad song" which is used to show the sad state of heart of the husband.

The husband's message comes out as an epic poem. The husband is the hero who was in love with a beautiful lady. They lived in love together in the same country before a cruel vendetta vehemently led to his departure. The husband had to live alone in a distant place away from the woman he loved. He lives alone in pain and tears as shown by the phrases (...Salty streams...home of the gull). He finally decides to send a messenger in an effort to reclaim his long lost love. The messenger travels across the sea to locate her and finally delivers the husband's message. The husband informs her of how she will locate him so that they can finally be reunited together. The poem depicts an epic story of two lovers separated and how they strive to reunite.


Moreillon J. (2003). Poetic Devices. Accessed on 6th Feb 2010. Retrieved from devices.htm

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