Cædmon

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Cædmon

(kăd`mən), fl. 670, English poet. He was reputed by BedeBede, Saint
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(St. Bede the Venerable), 673?–735, English historian and Benedictine monk, Doctor of the Church, also called the Venerable Bede. He spent his whole life at the monasteries of Wearmouth (at Sunderland) and Jarrow and became probably the
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 to be the author of early English versions of various Old Testament stories. According to Bede, Cædmon was an ignorant herder who received his poetic powers through a vision. During his later years he became a lay brother in the abbey of Whitby. In 1655, Franciscus JuniusJunius, Franciscus,
1589–1677, French philologist; son of Franciscus Junius (1545–1602), French Huguenot theologian. The younger Franciscus Junius was born in Heidelberg and lived chiefly in Holland and England.
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, a French scholar, published the text of several Old English poems, including "Exodus" and "Daniel," and ascribed them to Cædmon; modern scholars dispute this conclusion.

Bibliography

See E. V. K. Dobbie, Cædmon's Hymn and Bede's Death Song (1937); study by S. H. Gurteen (1896, repr. 1969).

Caedmon

7th-century English religious poet supposed to have heard his verses in a dream. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 156]

Caedmon

(b. 671) earliest English Christian poet. [Br. Hist.: Grun]
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Within this overarching paradigm exist lesser paradigms derived from the Bible, including Trinitarian and psalmic structures in Caedmon's Hymn and Davidic motifs in Beowulf.
Following are a few representative samples illustrating the distinctive features of the Northumbrian (Bede's Death Song, Caedmon's Hymn, Leiden Riddle), Mercian (Vespasian Psalter) and Kentish dialects (Kentish Psalm).
In these chapters the Prayer is usefully compared with Caedmon's Hymn, not simply for themselves, but because both stand at the beginning of their respective written literatures.
Worse still are the 'Sample scansions' given in an appendix, consisting of a total of only 106 lines (61 lines from Beowulf, Caedmon's Hymn, 24 lines from The Dream of the Rood, and 12 lines from The Riming Poem).