This article needs additional citations for verification. Old English literature or Anglo-Saxon literature, encompasses literature written A Father’s Legacy to His Children; The Proverbs of Solomon in Prose and Verse PDF Old English, in Anglo-Saxon England from the 7th century to the decades after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The poem Beowulf, which often begins the traditional canon of English literature, is the most famous work of Old English literature. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle has also proven significant for historical study, preserving a chronology of early English history.
Besides Old English literature, Anglo-Saxons wrote a number of Anglo-Latin works. 19th and early 20th centuries the focus was on the Germanic and pagan roots that scholars thought they could detect in Old English literature. Later, on account of the work of Bernard F. Manuscripts written in both Latin and the vernacular remain. There were considerable losses of manuscripts as a result of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. Old English manuscripts have been highly prized by collectors since the 16th century, both for their historic value and for their aesthetic beauty with their uniformly spaced letters and decorative elements.
The Junius manuscript, also known as the Cædmon manuscript, is an illustrated collection of poems on biblical narratives. The Exeter Book is an anthology, located in the Exeter Cathedral since it was donated there in the 11th century. Nowell Codex, contains prose and poetry, typically dealing with monstrous themes, including Beowulf. These include corrections, alterations and expansions of the main text, as well as commentary upon it, and even unrelated texts. Old English poetry falls broadly into two styles or fields of reference, the heroic Germanic and the Christian. Almost all Old English poets are anonymous.
Although there are Anglo-Saxon discourses on Latin prosody, the rules of Old English verse are understood only through modern analysis of the extant texts. Even though all extant Old English poetry is written and literate, it is assumed that Old English poetry was an oral craft that was performed by a scop and accompanied by a harp. Cædmon is considered the first Old English poet whose work still survives. According to the account in Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica, he was first a herdsman before living as a monk at the abbey of Whitby in Northumbria in the 7th century.