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Fry, Donald K. "Wulf and Eadwacer: A Wen Charm." 5 (1971): 247-63.
Detailed anaylsis of other Anglo-Saxon charms produces some interesting similarities to this difficult poem. However, when read in light of scribal confusion, mistakes, and variations in spelling, Wulf and Eadwacer becomes more intelligible to readers as a wen charm.
Jensen, Emily. "Narrative Voice in the Old English Wulf." 13 (1979) 373-83.
The primary conflict in Wulf lies between the narrator and her people, but conflict also exists between the lovers. This dual conflict makes the female narrator different from other lovers of whom she has heard. The narrator's naming of Wulf as "eadwacer" suggests the depth of the emotional distress created by the situation. If read according to this framework, the lack of context or external structure suits the action of the poem.