Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Oldest Poem I Know...

that first came to mind was Western Wind... then as I thought more, I remembered Caedmon's Hymn, which I really enjoy once it's translated from Old English. (And I really enjoy remembering Dr. Hurst from college recite this from memory IN Old English!).

Then there are haiku, which I wonder if they predate the English poetry... I'm not sure because I think haiku didn't start being written until the 14th century.

I suppose I should even go back as far as Biblical / Hebrew poetry, since I know many of the Psalms quite well... that is some old poetry. (and studying Hebrew poetic form is quite fascinating).

I guess I know some pretty old poetry. I like it best.

What's the oldest poem you know?

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