Old English literature

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Old English literature is poetry and prose written in Old English in early England, from the 7th century to the years after the Norman Conquest of 1066. This time is known as Anglo-Saxon England.[1]

Cædmon's Hymn is often considered the oldest known poem in English. It was written in the 7th century.

By the 13th century the words of Old English had almost completely changed. This gave way to the Middle English literature.

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  1. Henry Bradley, John Manly, Oliver Elton and Thomas Seccombe (1911). "English Literature". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 9. (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 607-645.