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The author of the book: Cynewulf
Edition: Santa Barbara: Scop House
Date of issue: February 12th 2014
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A wonderful poem, I would say, that has survived from the Anglo-Saxon time till the modern period. The poem is narrated through a dreamer who speaks of the paradoxical element of the 'Rood'. The Rood/Cross is a symbol both of shame and of glory, a place of defeat and victory. The Rood also endures the pain that the God's Son suffered, thus rising to glory under the heaven. However, the poem ends with a note of hope that on the Doomsday, God will return to earth and reward or punish humankind according to their deeds. Those who bow down in love and respect before Him shall be protected by the Lord. The poem brings the connections between the dreamer, the Cross and the Christ himself. I enjoyed reading and analyzing this poem for it very effectively portrays the existence of life within each and every object on earth. As a student of literature or as a sensitive person, irrespective of me being a believer or a non-believer of God - the poem has lived up to its heights to kindle the thoughts and emotions in me.
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Read information about the authorCynewulf is one of approximately twelve Anglo-Saxon poets who are known by name, and one of only four whose work is known to survive today. He presumably flourished in the 9th century, with possible dates extending into the late 8th and early 10th centuries.
He is famous for his religious compositions, and is regarded as one of the pre-eminent figures of Christian Old English poetry. Posterity knows of his name by means of runic signatures that are interwoven into the four poems which comprise his scholastically recognized corpus. These poems are: The Fates of the Apostles, Juliana, Elene, and Christ II (also referred to as The Ascension).
The four signed poems of Cynewulf are vast in that they collectively comprise several thousand lines of verse.
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