Analysis of the Epic Poem, Beowulf - Beowulf and Caedmon’s Hymn
In Beowulf the Christian element, which coexists alongside the pagan or heathen, may have originated in part from the works of Caedmon.
The Christian element in Beowulf had to be included by the original poet or by minstrels who recited it in later times because it is so deeply imbedded in the text. The extent to which the Christian element is present varies in different parts of the poem. While the poet’s reflections and characters’ statements are mostly Christian, the customs and ceremonies, on the other hand, are almost entirely heathen/pagan. This fact seems to point to a heathen work which has undergone revision by Christian minstrels.
The Christianity of Beowulf is of a vague …show more content…
“. . . the power of the Creator, the profound mind
of the glorious Father, who fashioned the beginning
of every wonder, the eternal Lord.
For the children of men he made first
heaven as a roof, the holy Creator. . . .(Alexander 6)
All that we know about the poet-monk Caedmon is contained in a Catholic priest’s account: the Venerable Bede’s The