Deor or Deor’s Lament or The Complaint of Deor is an early poem of Anglo-Saxon period. It depicts the manly sorrow of a minstrel. It is much more poetic than Widsith. It is a perfect lyric of the Anglo Saxon period. According to great scholars it may be called the first English lyric.

Deor belongs to the household of his chief. He is happy in his position until he finds himself supplanted by a rival. But the singer bids himself take heart and endure his misfortune. The note of stoical resignation is the insistent note of this poem. It is lyrical in its form.


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