History of Epic Poetry
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History of Epic Poetry Post-Virgilian (Studies in Poetry No 38) by John Clark

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Published by Haskell House Pub Ltd .
Written in English


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Number of Pages327
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Open LibraryOL8222038M
ISBN 100838305288
ISBN 109780838305287

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The following additional definition of the term epic is reprinted from A Poet’s Glossary by Edward Hirsch. A long narrative poem, exalted in style, heroic in theme. The earliest epics all focus on the legendary adventures of a hero against the backdrop of a historical event: think of the Trojan War and Odysseus’s action-packed journey home in the eighth century BCE Homeric epics the Iliad.   Like many epic poems, it begins with the “invocation of the muse”—a technique popular in epic poems in which the poet asks a muse for help and inspiration to finish the poem. John Milton’s Paradise Lost, first published in , tells the biblical tale of Adam and Eve, the fallen angel Satan, and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. With contributions from leading scholars, this is a unique cross-cultural comparison of historical epics across a wide range of cultures and time periods, which presents crucial insights into how history is treated in narrative poetry. The first book to gain new insights into the topic of ‘epic and history’ through in-depth cross-cultural comparisons Covers epic traditions across the . Beowulf, heroic poem, the highest achievement of Old English literature and the earliest European vernacular deals with events of the early 6th century and is believed to have been composed between and Although originally untitled, it was later named after the Scandinavian hero Beowulf, whose exploits and character provide its connecting theme.

  Epic poetry, related to heroic poetry, is a narrative art form common to many ancient and modern societies. In some traditional circles, the term epic poetry is restricted to the Greek poet Homer's works The Iliad and The Odyssey and, sometimes grudgingly, the Roman poet Virgil's The r, beginning with the Greek philosopher Aristotle who collected "barbarian epic poems. Books shelved as epic-poetry: The Odyssey by Homer, The Iliad by Homer, Beowulf by Unknown, Paradise Lost by John Milton, and The Aeneid by Virgil.   The Epic of Gilgamesh started out as a series of Sumerian poems and tales dating back to B.C., but the most complete version was written around the 12th century B.C. by the Babylonians. The term ‘epic’, when applied to ancient Greek literature, refers to a set of texts that may be loosely defined as narrative poetry about the deeds of gods and heroes. To a very large extent, this is a reflection of Homer's authority as the most famous epic poet. This article argues that recent comparisons between early Greek epic and modern oral traditions, as well as the .

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