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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- Wikipedia – The Ruin: Provides a line-for-line translation from the original Anglo-Saxon.
- Internet Archive – The Ruin: A prose translation of The Ruin into modern English.
- Orpheus Sings Collection – Creative responses to The Ruin’s main themes: in verse, and in prose.