Anglo Saxon literatureis a type of an Old English poetry that divides in to 2 groups: Germanic andthe Christian.
As per first unit notes, there are not much of an evidence ofAnglo Saxon literature, due to it being an oral poetry, which mostly consists ofsongs and myths. I would like to startmy discussion with The Story of Caedmon. This poem is about a man whoreceived his talent, “The Gift from God” (Paragraph, 2) after dreaming aboutit. Caedmon is an elderly male who is not able to sing and was very embarrassedat the gatherings, when people were taking turns singing.
However, in one ofhis dreams God has visited him in his sleep and when Caedmon woke up heremembered all the songs from the dream and was actually able to sign. Rightafter, he went to monastery and informed his alderman about his miraculous giftthat he has gotten from the God. As author tells in his story; “And his songsand poems were so beautiful to hear, that his teachers themselves wrote andlearned at his mouth” (Paragraph, 3).Clearly, Caedmon was “glorified and honored with a divine gift” (Paragraph, 1). Caedmon eventually produced many poems whichwere all related to Religion, the creation Of God, Heaven and faith. In thispoem, tellerhighlights the important role of faith and religion in the lives of people ofan Anglo Saxon period.In The Dream of Roodteller tells a story about a powerful and heroic event in a history – Christ’s crucifixion.
At the beginning of it, teller dreamsabout a gorgeous, powerful “tree” that later on reveals as a cross, on whichChrist died. Furthermore, authordescribes the battle in which the Christ and the Rood revealedas warriors. One of the heroic moments in this poem is how Rood was cutout of the forest: “That was very long ago, I remember it still, that I was cut downfrom the edge of the wood, ripped up by my roots. They seized me there, strongenemies, made me a spectacle for themselves there, commanded me to raise up theircriminals” (Line 28- 32). Teller also emphases Christ, as awarrior who climbed “The Rood” as if he was going into battle. By the end, thepoem takes a turn and the Dreamer is woken up with hope and inspiration to seekthe Rood again. As we can see, both ofthe poems show both religious and heroic impact on people’s life back in AngloSaxon period. In both stories authorsdescribe events in very “bright colors” and shows the importance and value ofGod and Faith.
The Story of Caedmonmostly talks about Religious believes, where, on the other hand, author of TheDream of Rods talks about a dark battle and value of Faith. Religion and heroicvalues connect these two poems and provide a clear view on the values of AngloSaxon Period. These stories are a great example for nowadays reader to see howmuch of a change has happened inpeoples Religious perspectives.