Please read and study: §§162-165; vocabulary groups 113-119 (Word-Hoard).
Please prepare: Riddles, (f); “The Ruin”.
This is one of the most famous mood-pieces in the history of English; it creates a picture of a broken city, the work of giants who came in times before — almost certainly a Roman city, perhaps Bath — and imaginatively fills it with life, while reflecting that fate (wyrd) has taken it all away now. The fact that the poem is itself fragmentary adds oddly to its poignancy.
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