CAEDMON

CAEDMON

Caedmon is one of the greatest Anglo- Saxon poets. He is known as the first maker of English verse. He was a simple and unlettered man. He was an employee in a monastery at Whitby in Yorkshire. He was inspired to sing about the beginning of created things. He became a monk. Though he was not able to read, The Bible was read to him. After that he turned those passages that appealed to him into verse. These stories in verse are known as Caedmon’s Paraphrases. These were written about A.D. 670. Due to his creative contribution, Caedmon became very famous because these poems were carried from monastery to monastery. It may be said that Caedmon founded a new school of religious poetry.

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