At a glance:
- Author: Unknown
- Genres: Poetry, Narrative poetry
- Subjects: Suffering, Religion, Dreams, Christianity, Death or dying, Bible, biblical imagery, or biblical symbolism, Jesus Christ, Afterlife
- Locales: Europe, England, United Kingdom
“The Dream of the Rood” is the most widely studied Old English poem with the exception of Beowulf (first transcribed c. 1000 c.e.). As with many works of Old and Middle English, it is not possible to determine precisely when “The Dream of the Rood” was written or by whom. Linguistic evidence indicates that the poem was written in the late seventh or early eighth century, and its transmission in several forms attests to its popularity. A fragment of the poem is inscribed on the Ruthwell cross, a twenty-two-foot Celtic ornate...
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