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Caedmon's Hymn Summary

By Caedmon

Caedmon's Hymn Summary

What goes down in a poem of nine lines? You know, just the establishment of the universe, the inauguration of time, the creation of the earth, and the formation of the human species. Caedmon is a master of concise writing. In just two sentences he praises God for doing all of this, while taking time for some fancy word-play and imagery along the way.

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