Caedmon

Caedmon

The birthplace of English poetry

Caedmon is the earliest known English poet . An Anglo-Saxon herdsman attached to Whitby Abbey he was originally ignorant of "the art of song" but learned to compose one night in the course of a dream..

Caedmon's only known surviving work is Caedmon's Hymm, the nine-line praise poem in honour of God which he supposedly learned to sing in his initial dream. The poem is one of the earliest attested examples of Old English and is, with the runic Ruthwell Cross, one of three candidates for the earliest attested example of Old English poetry.