Anglo when Caedmon woke up he remembered all

Anglo Saxon literature
is a type of Old English poetry that divides in to 2 groups: Germanic and the
Christian. As per first unit notes, there are not much of an evidence of Anglo
Saxon literature due to it being an oral poetry, which  consisted of songs and myths.  Mostly authors were unknown.

First, I would like to discuss
The Story of Caedmon. This poem is about a man who received his
talent, “a Gift from God”. At the beginning of a poem Caedmon was an elderly
male who was not able to sign any songs and was very embarrassed when people
were taking turns singing. However, in one of his dreams God has visited him in
his sleep and   when Caedmon woke up he
remembered all the songs from the dream and was actually able to sign. Therefore,
he went to monastery and informed his alderman about his gift. As author tells
in his story; “And his songs and poems were so beautiful to hear, that his
teachers themselves wrote and learned at his mouth”. Clearly, Caedmon was “glorified
and honored with a divine gift.”.  Teller highlights the important
role of faith and religion in the lives of people. Caedmon
eventually produced many poems which were all related to Religion, the creation
Of God, Heaven and faith.

Moving into the second beautiful
poem, The Dream of Rood in which the dreamer tells a story about a powerful and
heroic event in a history – Christ’s crucifixion. At
the beginning of it, Teller dreams about a gorgeous, powerful “tree”
that later on reveals as a cross, on which Christ died.  Furthermore, author describes the battle in which the
Christ and the rood revealed as warriors. One of
the heroic moments in this poem is how Rood was cut out of the forest: “It
was so long ago – I remember it still —that I was felled from the forest’s edge,
ripped up from my roots. Strong enemies seized me there, made me their
spectacle, and made me bear their criminals;” Teller also emphases Christ,
as a warrior who climbed “The Rood” as if he was going into battle. By the end,
the poem takes a turn and the Dreamer is woken up with hope and inspiration to
seek the Rood again.

As we can see, both of
the poems show a huge impact of the religion and heroism on people’s life back
in Anglo Saxon period.  Religion and
heroic values connect these two poems and provide a clear view on the values of
Anglo Saxon Period. In both stories authors describe events in very “bright
colors” and shows the importance and value of God and Faith.  The Story of Caedmon mostly talks about
Religious believes and how big of an impact Faith had on society. Where, on the
other hand, author of The Dream of Rods tells us about a dark battle and value
of Faith. These stories provide nowadays reader with an example of a drastic change between nowadays
relations to God is different from what it was back then.

 

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