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Thus, in this context, The Phoenix represents a sort of classic fatalist sense of Old English Christianity, but couched and hidden away in terms of the language of beautiful imagery and pleasant descriptions. However, such language really conveys, to readers, negative emotions, which then trigger the true fatalistic nature, the sense of loss, characteristic of Old English Christianity. The subject mostly approached by scholars when giving critical assessment on The Phoenix is the absence of pagan names and details.

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Cross comments on O. Emerson's theory about the poet omitting many of the classical allusions to change the original phoenix myth into a Christian poem. In one incident, the poet stops short in using an offensive statement dealing with the rites of the Egyptian sun cult ; although the basics are there. A careful reading by a person educated in mythology may detect many adapted myths. Scholars also identify sexuality, or the lack thereof, as a central theme in "The Phoenix".

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