The period is a long one and it is generally considered that Old English was spoken from about A. Many of the poems of the period are pagan, in particular Widsith and Beowulf. The greatest English poem, Beowulf is the first English epic. The author of Beowulf is anonymous. It is a story of a brave young man Beowulf in lines. In this epic poem, Beowulf sails to Denmark with a band of warriors to save the King of Denmark, Hrothgar.
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This article is focused on English-language literature rather than the literature of England , so that it includes writers from Scotland , Wales , the Crown dependencies , and the whole of Ireland , as well as literature in English from countries of the former British Empire , including the United States. However, until the early 19th century, it only deals with the literature of the United Kingdom , the Crown dependencies and Ireland. It does not include literature written in the other languages of Britain. The English language has developed over the course of more than 1, years. Beowulf is the most famous work in Old English, and has achieved national epic status in England, despite being set in Scandinavia.
Characteristics of Old and Middle English
Old English literature , or Anglo-Saxon literature , encompasses literature written in Old English , in Anglo-Saxon England from the 7th century to the decades after the Norman Conquest of The strict adherence to the grammatical rules of Old English is largely inconsistent in 12th century work — as is evident in the works cited above — and by the 13th century the grammar and syntax of Old English had almost completely deteriorated, giving way to the much larger Middle English corpus of literature. 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.
English poet, playwright, critic, and librettist Wystan Hugh Auden exerted a major influence on the poetry of the 20th century. Auden grew up in Birmingham, England and was known for his extraordinary intellect and wit. His first book, Poems , was published in with the help of T.