Cynewulf is known as one of the greatest poets of the Anglo-Saxon period. He is in the line of succession from Caedmon. He was a Northumbrian. He lived at the close of eighth century. Only very little is known about his outward life. It is said that his youth was happy and irresponsible. He underwent suddenly a spiritual change and regretted the careless pleasures of his early years. His signed poems include The Christ, Juliana, The Fates of the Apostles, and Elene. His unsigned poems include Andreas, The Phoenix, The Dream of the Rood, The Descent into the Hell, Guthlac, and The Wanderer. Possibly he is the author of Judith too. His view of life finds fantastic expression in The Christ. The Dream of the Rood is considered to be the finest of all Old English religious poems.


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