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  Notes on Heroic Poetry: The Primary and Secondary Epic
Epic conventions include the simile, the in-medias-res opening, the invocation, the epic question, the epithet, the climactic confrontation between mighty adversaries, and hand-to-hand combat; these were established by Homer and emulated by Virgil.
Since epics were composed to honour the deeds of heroic ancestors, such poems often have an aristocratic bias: peasants and servants (unless of aristocratic birth) are insignificant.
An epic or heroic poem falls into one of two patterns, both established by Homer: the structure (and allegory to life) may be either war or journey, and the hero may be on a quest (as Odysseus is) or pursuing conquest (as Achilles is).
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  Epic poetry - LoveToKnow 1911
Did we possess them, it is almost certain that we could speak with more assurance as to the scope of epic poetry in the days of oral tradition, and could understand more clearly what sort of ballads in hexameter it was which rhapsodes took round from court to court.
Teutonic epic poetry deals, as a rule, with legends founded on the history of Germany in the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries, and in particular with such heroes as Ermanaric, Attila and Theodoric.
Professor Ker's analysis of its merits may be taken as typical of all that is best in the vast body of epic which comes between the antique models, which were unknown to the medieval poets, and the artificial epics of a later time which were founded on vast ideal themes, in imitation of the ancients.
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 Epic - MSN Encarta
Epic poems are not merely entertaining stories of legendary or historical heroes; they summarize and express the nature or ideals of an entire nation at a significant or crucial period of its history.
Examples of this consolidation of material are the French folk epics known as chansons de geste, or songs of heroic deeds, composed from the end of the 10th century to the middle or end of the 11th century, the most famous of which is the Chanson de Roland (The Song of Roland, 1100?).
In Rome, national epic poetry reached its highest achievement in the 1st century bc in the Aeneid, one of the world's greatest literary epics, by the poet Virgil.
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 YOUR POETRY DOT COM
Poetry in which the visual appearance is part of the meaning.
A poetic composition in which a series of heroic achievements or events, usually of a hero, is dealt with at length as a continuous narrative in elevated style.
A strict poetry form of six unrhymed stanzas of six lines each followed by a 3 line envoy.
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 EPIC POETRY - Online Information article about EPIC POETRY
noble poem of Atlamdl, the principal surviving specimen of epic poetry as it was cultivated in the primitive literature of Iceland.
Berni remodelled the epic of Boiardo in 1541, and Teofilo Folango (149€-1544), ridiculed the whole school in an Orlandino of 1526.
national epic of the middle ages; it is supposed to have been written between 1135 and 1175.
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 Epic Poetry
Epic is a long narrative poem, usually on a serious subject, centered about a heroic figure.
The earliest epics, known as primary or original epics, were shaped from the legends of an age when a nation was conquering and expanding.
Examples of this are the Babylonian epic of "Gilgamesh", of the Greek epic, "The Iliad and the Odyssey" by Homer, and of the Anglo-Saxon, "Beowulf".
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 Epic
The epic is a broadly defined genre of poetry, and one of the major forms of narrative literature.
In the West, the Iliad, Odyssey, and the Nibelungenlied; and in the East, the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Shahnama are often cited as examples of the epic genre.
World folk epics are those epics which are not just literary masterpieces but also an integral part of the world view of a people.
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In the Greek tradition the Goddess of Epic Poetry was Calliope, one of the nine sisters of the Muses.
It is the epic of discoverers, explorers, pioneers, of Columbus, Daniel Boone, and Lewis and Clark, of the Oregon trail, the Mormon trek, the transcontinental railway.
The second is the epic of the Native Americans, the Africans, the "new immigrants" from southern and eastern Europe, the new new immigrants of the last three decades, cast generally as the victims of the protagonists of the first epic.
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 Jay Schneider Epic of Modern Society
The final characteristic of true epic poetry is that it must be in a medium designed for the masses.
Epics in their original form were not designed to be read, they were designed to be told.
The epic was in its entirety a conflict between the "good," or the Greeks and "evil," the Trojans.
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 Epic Poetry: Oral Narrative Verse   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The generic label "epic" comes from the Greek "epos," which means "word," referring to the feeling and ethical intent of the speaker rather than to form or subject matter.
Epic poems start as commentaries on current events; as memories fade, subsequent generations of minstrels alter the original saga by emphasizing the values implicit in the original historical narrative, until the old story takes on a new form.
Homer's epics are typically Western in their tendency to relegate the forces of the supernatural to the background and bring the forces of nature to the foreground.
newman.baruch.cuny.edu /digital/2000/c_n_c/c_01_epic/oral.htm   (3433 words)

  
 HyperEpos
Epic Memory What looks to be an engaging project in "questions of medium, memory and performance in relation to the percolation of the past through located poetics" In other words, perhaps, "how does the epic form (meter, rhythm and formula) facilitate the remembrance of past events in an oral tradition?
The Genre of Performative Epic Under "epic," a "quasi manifesto" from the poet of Plains of Abraham
John Dryden's Discourses on Satire and Epic Poetry Significant 1667 essay through Gutneberg, perhaps best remembered for its disparaging of Milton's then-fresh use of blank verse.
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 Epic poetry information - Search.com
The epic is a broadly defined genre of poetry, and one of the major forms of narrative literature.
In the West, the Iliad, Odyssey, and the Nibelungenlied; and in the East, the Mahabharata, Ramayana,, Shahnama and the Tibetan Epic of King Gesar are often cited as examples of the epic genre.
Invocatio (prayer to the muse [of the epic]), Prepositio (introduction of the epic's theme), Enumeratio (counting the fighting armys / heroes), In medias res (start from the middle of an event), Deus ex machina (interruption / miracle from a god), Anticipatio (prediction), and Ephiteton ornans (permanent attributes of the hero[es]).
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 Philippine epic poetry Summary
Poetry has been written in Tagalog (the national language) and in the eighty-seven regional dialects, as well as in the Castilian Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega and the American English of Walt Whitman and Mark Twain.
Locally called "Darangan", these epic poetries were similar to those of that Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey The Darangan tells of the sentimental and romantic adventures of noble warriors, one of them, is about a warrior-prince called Bantugan..
The Darangan is one of the oldest and longest Philippine Epic poetries.
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 Reason and Rhyme: Epic Poetry   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The real goal of the epic, from Homer to Spenser over Vergil and Dante, has been to help man understand the past (which in epic poetry, as we have stated, includes "what might have happened") through the deeds of a hero representing the fate of his community in order to better shape the future.
A particular form or topos of epic poetry is the ekphrasis, the "timeless" verbal description of a work of graphic art embedded into the larger context of the proper history of the epic poem in question, the first ekphrasis being the description of Achilles' shield in the "Iliad".
The ekphrasis is so important for epic poetry that Spenser's inability to use it appropriately marks the beginning of the end of the traditional epic and the introduction of the modern era.
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 Learn more about Epic poetry in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
More commonly, the word "epic" is used in reference to any fictional work; covering a relatively great deal of both geography and time.
The first to produce an epic poem was N. Wessely with his Mosaide "Shire Tif'eret" (Berlin, 1789-1802), an epic on the Exodus from Egypt.
The influence of these two epics on the readers and poets of that time was considerable.
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Unfortunately, performative epic poetry, rooted in oral tradition, was exposed to two dangers: external catastrophe from social breakdown, and internal loss of momentum within the culture.
This is because the history of Western epic has naturally been interwoven with the history of Western life; certain types of epic (Virgilian, Miltonic) must, we tend to assume, correspond to certain levels of literacy, self-consciousness, or reproduction technology (the papyrus roll, the printing press).
Homer is not only the embodiment of the epic genre in the West; his undeniable supremacy, as the origin-point of Western literature itself, makes for an anti-progressivist touchstone in a culture haunted by fatalistic ideas about the past.
college.holycross.edu /faculty/jmitchel/plainsofabraham/epic.htm   (1119 words)

  
 History of Poetry
epics, identify themselves as poems to be recited or chanted to a musical accompaniment rather than as pure song.
In preliterate societies, all these forms of poetry were composed for, and sometimes during, performance.
and have resulted in a situation where poetry for the eye and poetry for the ear coexist, sometimes in the same poem.
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There is strong reason to think that the epic poets, especially Hesiod, were Parmenides' target, and that people versed as much in epic poetry as in Ionian science were Parmenides' intended audience.
All the elements of an epic poem are found in tragedy, but the elements of a tragedy are not all found in the epic poem.
In his book Ideologies of Epic, Colin Graham looks at the recognisable tendency of Victorian epic poetry to establish or attempt to establish a monologic discourse in relation to the concept of nation, national literature and empire.
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 Schulers Books (Discourses on Satire and Epic Poetry - 1/31)
Dryden's discourses upon Satire and Epic Poetry belong to the latter years of his life, and represent maturer thought than is to be found in his "Essay of Dramatic Poesie." That essay, published in 1667, draws its chief interest from the time when it was written.
The essays on Satire and on Epic Poetry represent also the influence of the French critical school, but represent it in a larger way, with indications of its strength as well as of its weakness.
But when we are clear of the conventional unmeasured flatteries, and Dryden lingers among epic poets on his way to the satirists, there is equal interest in the mistaken criticisms, in the aspirations that are blended with them, and in the occasional touches of the poet's personality in quiet references to his critics.
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 §2. Teutonic Epic Poetry. III. Early National Poetry. Vol. 1. From the Beginnings to the Cycles of Romance. The ...
The history of our national epic poetry is rendered obscure by the fact that there is little elsewhere with which it may be compared.
The early national epic poetry of Germany is represented only by a fragment of 67 lines, while the national poetry of the north, rich as it is, contains nothing which can properly be called epic.
Kögel put forward the view that epic poetry originated among the Goths, and that its appearance in the north-west of Europe is to be traced to the harpist who was sent to Clovis by Theodric, king of the Ostrogoths.
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 Milton's Redemption of Epic Poetry
Throughout the epic, "Destiny" is mentioned often, but it is very clear that Destiny is not about the long-range future of mankind or a nation -- it is about the future of each man, and it is capricious, not teleological.
Not only epic conventions, but any device which the reader can interpret, consciously or not, is useful to the poet in conveying what he wishes to in his art.
What Vergil's epic, great as it is, could never have consistently supported -- true obedience, self-denial, and long-term ethical behavior encouraged by a consideration of future generations -- Milton's could, because the One Man who is the center of the vision is the same who in the Gospel removes the obstacles to obedience.
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 Epic poetry
epic or Homeric poem, it may be used as a general descriptive term to encompass all literary genres that evoke the impression of objectivity in their depictions of reality.
epics’ is, in most cases, indisputable (eg, the cycle of bylyny dealing with
Prince Volodymyr, in whose character are combined the historical figures of
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 Essay on Epic Poetry   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Hayley's An Essay on Epic Poetry (1782) is a thesis on the status of epic poetry in eighteenth century literature.
The epic poem had virtually ceased to exist as a poetic form by the latter half of the eighteenth century.
The chief culprits of the systematisation of epic poetry are, Hayley argues, literary critics who have subjected the epic to a strict nexus of rules.
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 epic — Infoplease.com
The earliest epics, known as primary, or original, epics, were shaped from the legends of an age when a nation was conquering and expanding; such is the foundation of the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, of the
A mock epic is a form of satire in which trivial characters and events are treated with all the exalted epic conventions and are made to look ridiculous by the incongruity.
The birth of poetry and the creation of a human world: An exploration of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
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 Epic poetry
The epic is a broadly defined genre of poetry, which retells in a continuous narrative the life and works of a heroic person or group of heroic persons either historical or mythical.
The Iliad and Odyssey are often named as examples.
The first epics are associated strongly with the oral poetic tradition; literate societies have often copied the format, and the first and most obvious example is the Aeneid, following the style and subject matter of Homer.
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