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Caedmon's <em>Hymn</em>

Caedmon's Hymn

by Caedmon

Caedmon's Hymn Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Does the miraculous backstory provided by Bede make Caedmon's Hymn more or less impressive? Why do you think so? 
  2. What's the effect of cramming so much (formation of the universe) into so little (nine lines)?
  3. If the speaker spoke as an "I" instead of a "we," how would the hymn's tone change?
  4. Do "mind-plans" sound more important than "thoughts"? Why or why not? 
  5. What if Caedmon had written fifty poems and they all had survived? Do you think this poem would still be studied?
  6. Is Bede telling it straight regarding the angel? Or is he pulling a massive one over on thirteen centuries of BritLit scholars?

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