Caedmon's <em>Hymn</em> Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Why are we here? Where are we going? Why are we reading this short old poem? If these are some of the questions we ask in our quest to discover the purpose of life, then Caedmon is here to answer e...
Strength and Skill
There are a lot of attributes you could talk about when it comes to God, like morality, judgment, love, peace—and that's just for starters. But in "Caedmon's Hymn," Caedmon chooses to concentrate...
Rules and Order
"Caedmon's Hymn" is full of order, from the strict rules governing line structure in Anglo-Saxon poetry (see "Form and Meter" for the lowdown) to God's sensible organization of his universe through...
"When God makes up his mind, mind, mind, mind, mind,It's all about the time, time, time, time, time"For such a wee little poem, this hymn is all over the timeline, from the very beginning of chrono...
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