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Definition of CYNEWULF
9th cent. Anglo-Saxon poet
Variants of CYNEWULF
Cyn·e·wulf or Cyn·wulf\ˈkin-ˌwu̇lf\
(flourished 9th century AD, Northumbria or Mercia) Anglo-Saxon poet. He is the author of four Old English poems from late 10th-century manuscripts: Elene, about St. Helena; The Fates of the Apostles, on the mission and death of each Apostle; The Ascension, part of a trilogy by different authors; and Juliana, a life of St. Juliana. Nothing is known of the poet outside of the text; its evidence suggests he was a learned cleric of Northumbria or Mercia. Runic characters woven into the text are thought to spell his name.