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.
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As the Chief Editor, Geoffrey Harlow, rightly comments, the word 'minor' is unfortunate, and the words 'seminal' and 'essential' are offered as more appropriate labels for such works as Caedmon's Hymn, Maldon, Finnsburh, and Brunanburh.
All the manuscripts of the Chronicle poems are here assembled in one place, and all the surviving manuscripts of Caedmon's Hymn. The page layouts of the facsimiles, to aid comparison further, are excellent; surviving leaves of the manuscript of the Old English Metres of Boethius, Cotton Otho A vi, are printed parallel with Junius's transcript, which preserves the complete text as it existed before the fire.
Fulk employs, as representative of the established chronology, a dated list of twenty poems, from Caedmon's Hymn (657-80) to Durham (1110), drawn up by Thomas Cable in 1981.
Caedmon's Hymn was included in Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.
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Positing a shift in the recording of Old English poetry from 'orality' to 'literacy', Professor O'Keeffe begins by examining the manuscript texts of Caedmon's Hymn, a celebrated poem of apparently oral composition often recorded as an afterthought in manuscripts of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica, and then moves on to Solomon and Saturn (SnS), a relatively late, neglected and 'obscure' poem.