The Ruin – Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Stone ruins

The Ruin is a beautifully poignant Anglo-Saxon poem, written in the 8th century AD.

In the poem the author reflects on the transiency of human life and the frailty of human endeavour; as he stands before the massive stone ruins of the ancient Roman Britain town of Aquae Sulis. In writing the poem its author reflects: how strange are the Wyrd ways – that is, the ways of Fate – inflicted upon the lives of men during their short sojourn on earth.

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