Friday, November 9, 2007

The Dream of the Rood

The Dream of the Rood is one of the most beautiful and evocative poems in the English language. In it, a wandering dreamer finds himself confronted with an image of the cross. The cross actually begins to speak to him, describing a heroic Christ climbing willingly onto the cross in order to save all of mankind.

I don't know what I can say about this poem that won't speak for itself. It is beautiful imagery and I sincerely hope you will read and enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating a translation.

The Dream of the Rood
Suggested Age-Range: First communion-aged (with help), Confirmation-aged, adult
Look for: the two natures of Christ--human and divine, Christ's love and mercy, the judgment
Be Wary of: --
Availability: Full translation available at Literary Catechist.

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