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What is EPIC POETRY? What does EPIC POETRY mean? EPIC POETRY meaning, definition & explanation
What is EPIC POETRY? What does EPIC POETRY mean? EPIC POETRY meaning, definition & explanation
Published: 2017/01/31
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How to Read Epic Poetry without Losing Your Mind
How to Read Epic Poetry without Losing Your Mind
Published: 2014/11/07
Channel: Jay Pawlyk
How to Write an Epic Poem
How to Write an Epic Poem
Published: 2015/05/19
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conventions of epic poetry
conventions of epic poetry
Published: 2010/10/30
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EPIC POETRY 「Blind Justice ~それぞれの正義~」
EPIC POETRY 「Blind Justice ~それぞれの正義~」
Published: 2010/12/24
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Epic Poetry Conventions
Epic Poetry Conventions
Published: 2013/12/02
Channel: Monica Kirschmann
NERD PICKS UP GIRL WITH EPIC POEM!
NERD PICKS UP GIRL WITH EPIC POEM!
Published: 2014/12/17
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The Epic Of Gilgamesh In Sumerian
The Epic Of Gilgamesh In Sumerian
Published: 2014/06/09
Channel: Peter Pringle
Boshra
Boshra's epic poem about Oral-B... enjoy!
Published: 2014/07/27
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World's Most Epic Music Ever: Iron Poetry
Published: 2014/07/07
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Epic: Definition, Types & Examples
Epic: Definition, Types & Examples
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: English Literature Hub
Was Milton
Was Milton's Paradise Lost the Last of the Great Epic Poem? | Wes Callihan and Peter Leithart
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Roman Roads Media
Ancient Aryans and the Ramayana Epic Poem
Ancient Aryans and the Ramayana Epic Poem
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: Robert Sepehr
The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream, [Apollonian Epic Poetry Audiobook] by John Keats
The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream, [Apollonian Epic Poetry Audiobook] by John Keats
Published: 2015/06/07
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In Which I Fangirl Over Epic Poetry
In Which I Fangirl Over Epic Poetry
Published: 2016/04/25
Channel: Paiges & Pages
Paradise Lost (epic poem, full book)
Paradise Lost (epic poem, full book)
Published: 2014/04/04
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Overly Sarcastic Podcast: Blue Talks Epic Poetry
Overly Sarcastic Podcast: Blue Talks Epic Poetry
Published: 2016/05/19
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Poetry Reading, Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher. November 30, 2015.
Poetry Reading, Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher. November 30, 2015.
Published: 2015/12/01
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Poetry for Middle Schoolers - Epic and Lyric Poetry
Poetry for Middle Schoolers - Epic and Lyric Poetry
Published: 2015/08/10
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Beowulf: An Epic Poem
Beowulf: An Epic Poem
Published: 2015/08/28
Channel: Debbie Hudson
Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher, Albany Word Fest, April 21, 2012
Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher, Albany Word Fest, April 21, 2012
Published: 2012/04/23
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"The Legend" by SIMACE  (War/Hurt/Comfort Epic Poem)
"The Legend" by SIMACE (War/Hurt/Comfort Epic Poem)
Published: 2015/03/22
Channel: Soliloquy Man
DJ Epic Poetry
DJ Epic Poetry
Published: 2014/04/12
Channel: Levin lanz
Epic Poetry Workshop, Frederick Glaysher, AIPF
Epic Poetry Workshop, Frederick Glaysher, AIPF
Published: 2012/10/01
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Trekspertise 2.9 - Epic Trek
Trekspertise 2.9 - Epic Trek
Published: 2017/08/25
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Mrs. Firth
Mrs. Firth's Conventions of the Epic Poem and Epic Hero
Published: 2016/08/17
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Epic Poetry: Beowulf explored by Laura Hope-Gill
Epic Poetry: Beowulf explored by Laura Hope-Gill
Published: 2013/01/17
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"What is an Epic?" by Anthony M. Esolen
"What is an Epic?" by Anthony M. Esolen
Published: 2015/09/23
Channel: Hillsdale College
Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher, Best Selections 2015 -2017
Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher, Best Selections 2015 -2017
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: Frederick Glaysher
CHS Open House | Indo-European Epic Poetry, with Kevin McGrath
CHS Open House | Indo-European Epic Poetry, with Kevin McGrath
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: The Center for Hellenic Studies
The Odyssey - famous epic poems written in the 18 Century BC by the great Greek poet, Homer.
The Odyssey - famous epic poems written in the 18 Century BC by the great Greek poet, Homer.
Published: 2016/01/04
Channel: Mohammed Al Suwaidi - القرية الإلكترونية
Epic poem
Epic poem
Published: 2011/06/02
Channel: Ryan Main
BEOWULF - Beowulf, the epic poem translated by Francis Barton Gummere - Unabridged audiobook - FAB
BEOWULF - Beowulf, the epic poem translated by Francis Barton Gummere - Unabridged audiobook - FAB
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: Fab Audio Books
EPIC POETRY 「Blind Justice ~Torn souls, Hurt Faiths~」
EPIC POETRY 「Blind Justice ~Torn souls, Hurt Faiths~」
Published: 2010/12/24
Channel: TeirusuFX
Epic Poetry Reading, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2017
Epic Poetry Reading, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2017
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: Frederick Glaysher
top ten greatest epic poem
top ten greatest epic poem
Published: 2015/05/23
Channel: shilpa vijaywargi
EPIC POETRY 「Blind Justice ~To each his own~」
EPIC POETRY 「Blind Justice ~To each his own~」
Published: 2013/05/08
Channel: TeirusuFX
Epic Poetry Interview, Frederick Glaysher, Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016
Epic Poetry Interview, Frederick Glaysher, Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: Frederick Glaysher
Epic Poetry
Epic Poetry
Published: 2014/10/12
Channel: Valerie Campbell
Cholo Love Poems
Cholo Love Poems
Published: 2017/09/13
Channel: ThatWasEpic
Staceyann Chin- Epic Poetry Performance
Staceyann Chin- Epic Poetry Performance
Published: 2013/04/07
Channel: freespeechtv
Invention of Writing and the Epic Poem
Invention of Writing and the Epic Poem
Published: 2014/07/14
Channel: Len Probert
Epic Literature and Beowulf
Epic Literature and Beowulf
Published: 2013/01/04
Channel: Brook Brayman
What Is The Epic Poem?
What Is The Epic Poem?
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: Cartoon Cartoon
Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher, Austin, Texas, BookWoman
Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher, Austin, Texas, BookWoman
Published: 2012/10/01
Channel: Frederick Glaysher
The Iliad Part 1: The World
The Iliad Part 1: The World's Most Epic Poem
Published: 2014/05/14
Channel: Emmy Schafer
Epic Poetry Questions & Answers, Frederick Glaysher, The Parliament of Poets
Epic Poetry Questions & Answers, Frederick Glaysher, The Parliament of Poets
Published: 2013/04/22
Channel: Frederick Glaysher
Guide to Ancient Literature: Epic Poetry
Guide to Ancient Literature: Epic Poetry
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: Libby Stephenson
"Sri Ramacharithamanas" (Epic Poem) - Tulsi Ramayan (Goswami Tulasidas) - "Baal Khand" Part 1
"Sri Ramacharithamanas" (Epic Poem) - Tulsi Ramayan (Goswami Tulasidas) - "Baal Khand" Part 1
Published: 2012/06/06
Channel: Shangu Chakra Gadha Padmam
Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher, Barnes & Noble, AIPF
Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher, Barnes & Noble, AIPF
Published: 2012/10/02
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Tablet containing a fragment of the Epic of Gilgamesh

An epic poem, epic, epos, or epopee is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation.[1]

Milman Parry and Albert Lord have argued that the Homeric epics, the earliest works of Western literature, were fundamentally an oral poetic form. These works form the basis of the epic genre in Western literature. Nearly all of Western epic (including Virgil's Aeneid and Dante's Divine Comedy) self-consciously presents itself as a continuation of the tradition begun by these poems. Classical epic poetry employs a meter called dactylic hexameter and recounts a journey, either physical (as typified by Odysseus in the Odyssey) or mental (as typified by Achilles in the Iliad) or both. Epics also tend to highlight cultural norms and to define or call into question cultural values, particularly as they pertain to heroism.

Another type of epic poetry is epyllion (plural: epyllia), which is a brief narrative poem with a romantic or mythological theme. The term, which means "little epic", came into use in the nineteenth century. It refers primarily to the erudite, shorter hexameter poems of the Hellenistic period and the similar works composed at Rome from the age of the neoterics; to a lesser degree, the term includes some poems of the English Renaissance, particularly those influenced by Ovid.[citation needed] The most famous example of classical epyllion is perhaps Catullus 64.

Some of the most famous examples of epic poetry include the Ancient Greek Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, the ancient Indian Mahabharata, the Old English Beowulf, Dante's Divine Comedy, the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, John Milton's Paradise Lost, Camões' Os Lusíadas, the French Song of Roland, the Finnish Kalevala, and the German Nibelungenlied.

Etymology[edit]

The English word Epic comes from the Latin epicus, which itself comes from the Ancient Greek adjective ἐπικός (epikos), from ἔπος (epos),[2] "word, story, poem"[3].

The English "epos" is likewise from the Latin epos, from Greek ἔπος, epos[4]

The word "epopee" is from French épopée, from neo-Latin epopoeia, from Ancient Greek ἐποποιία (epopoiia).[5]

Oral epics or world folk epics[edit]

The first epics were products of preliterate societies and oral history poetic traditions.[citation needed] In these traditions, poetry is transmitted to the audience and from performer to performer by purely oral means. Early twentieth-century study of living oral epic traditions in the Balkans by Milman Parry and Albert Lord demonstrated the paratactic model used for composing these poems. What they demonstrated was that oral epics tend to be constructed in short episodes, each of equal status, interest and importance. This facilitates memorization, as the poet is recalling each episode in turn and using the completed episodes to recreate the entire epic as he performs it. Parry and Lord also contend that the most likely source for written texts of the epics of Homer was dictation from an oral performance.

Poets in literate societies have sometimes copied the epic format. The earliest surviving European examples are the Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes and Virgil's Aeneid, which follow both the style and subject matter of Homer. Other obvious examples are Nonnus' Dionysiaca, Tulsidas' Sri Ramacharit Manas.

Composition and conventions[edit]

In his work Poetics, Aristotle defines an epic as one of the forms of poetry, contrasted with lyric poetry and with drama in the form of tragedy and comedy.[6]

In A Handbook to Literature (1999), Harmon and Holman define an epic:

Epic: a long narrative poem in elevated style presenting characters of high position in adventures forming an organic whole through their relation to a central heroic figure and through their development of episodes important to the history of a nation or race. (Harmon and Holman)[7]

An attempt to delineate ten main characteristics of an epic:[7]

  1. Begins in medias res.
  2. The setting is vast, covering many nations, the world or the universe.
  3. Begins with an invocation to a muse (epic invocation).
  4. Begins with a statement of the theme.
  5. Includes the use of epithets.
  6. Contains long lists, called an epic catalogue.
  7. Features long and formal speeches.
  8. Shows divine intervention on human affairs.
  9. Features heroes that embody the values of the civilization.
  10. Often features the tragic hero's descent into the Underworld or hell.

The hero generally participates in a cyclical journey or quest, faces adversaries that try to defeat him in his journey and returns home significantly transformed by his journey. The epic hero illustrates traits, performs deeds, and exemplifies certain morals that are valued by the society the epic originates from. Many epic heroes are recurring characters in the legends of their native culture.

Conventions of epics:[citation needed]

  1. Preposition: Opens by stating the theme or cause of the epic. This may take the form of a purpose (as in Milton, who proposed "to justify the ways of God to men"); of a question (as in the Iliad, which Homer initiates by asking a Muse to sing of Achilles' anger); or of a situation (as in the Song of Roland, with Charlemagne in Spain).[citation needed]
  2. Invocation: Writer invokes a Muse, one of the nine daughters of Zeus. The poet prays to the Muses to provide him with divine inspiration to tell the story of a great hero. (This convention is restricted to cultures influenced by European Classical culture. The Epic of Gilgamesh, for example, or the Bhagavata Purana do not contain this element.)
  3. In medias res: narrative opens "in the middle of things", with the hero at his lowest point. Usually flashbacks show earlier portions of the story.
  4. Enumeratio: Catalogues and genealogies are given. These long lists of objects, places, and people place the finite action of the epic within a broader, universal context. Often, the poet is also paying homage to the ancestors of audience members.
  5. Epithet: Heavy use of repetition or stock phrases: e.g., Homer's "rosy-fingered dawn" and "wine-dark sea".

Form[edit]

Many verse forms have been used in epic poems through the ages, but each language's literature typically gravitates to one form, or at least to a very limited set. Ancient Greek and Latin poems were written in dactylic hexameter.[8] Old English, German and Norse poems were written in alliterative verse,[9] usually without rhyme. Italian, Spanish and Portuguese long poems were usually written in terza rima [10] or especially ottava rima.[11] From the 14th century English epic poems were written in heroic couplets,[12] and rhyme royal,[13] though in the 16th century the Spenserian stanza[14] and blank verse[15] were also introduced. The French alexandrine is currently the heroic line in French literature, though in earlier periods the decasyllable took precedence. In Polish literature, couplets of Polish alexandrines (syllabic lines of 7+6 syllables) prevail.[16] In Russian, iambic tetrameter verse is the most popular.[17] In Serbian poetry, the decasyllable is the only form employed.[18][19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Meyer, The Bedford Introduction to Literature (Bedford: St. Martin's, 2005), 2128. ISBN 0-312-41242-8.
  2. ^ "epic". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Epic Online Etymology Dictionary
  4. ^ "epos". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ "epopee". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  6. ^ Aristotle: Poetics, translated with an introduction and notes by M. Heath, (Penguin) London 1996
  7. ^ a b Taken from William Harmon and C. Hugh Holman, A Handbook to Literature, 8th ed., Prentice Hall, 1999.
  8. ^ Hexameter, poetry at Encyclopædia Britannica.
  9. ^ Alliterative verse literature at Encyclopædia Britannica.
  10. ^ Terza rima, poetic form at Encyclopædia Britannica.
  11. ^ Ottava rima, poetic form at Encyclopædia Britannica.
  12. ^ Heroic couplet, poetry at Encyclopædia Britannica.
  13. ^ Rhyme royal, poetic form at Encyclopædia Britannica.
  14. ^ Spenserian stanza, poetic form at Encyclopædia Britannica.
  15. ^ Blank verse, poetic form at Encyclopædia Britannica.
  16. ^ See: Trzynastozgłoskowiec, [in:] Wiktor Jarosław Darasz, Mały przewodnik po wierszu polskim, Kraków 2003 (in Polish).
  17. ^ [Alexandra Smith, Montaging Pushkin: Pushkin and Visions of Modernity in Russian Twentieth Century Poetry, p. 184.]
  18. ^ Meyer, Early Tahitian Poetics.
  19. ^ Robert William Seton-Watson, The Spirit of the Serb.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jan de Vries: Heroic Song and Heroic Legend ISBN 0-405-10566-5.
  • Hashmi, Alamgir (2011). "Eponymous Écriture and the Poetics of Reading a Transnational Epic". Dublin Quarterly, 15. 
  • Cornel Heinsdorff: Christus, Nikodemus und die Samaritanerin bei Juvencus. Mit einem Anhang zur lateinischen Evangelienvorlage, Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte 67, Berlin/New York 2003, ISBN 3-11-017851-6.
  • Jansen, Jan and J Henk M.J. Maier, eds. 2004. Epic Adventures: Heroic Narrative in the Oral Performance Traditions of Four Continents (Literatur: Forschung und Wissenschaft, 3.) LIT Verlag.

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