TRENDING The Greatest Epic prose and poetry

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First off I want to say what epic prose and poetry is because there seems to be a lot of misconceptions with it, it's not just a long poem, its not the Lord of the Rings, its not the Rime of the Ancient Mariner or even the Raven, it's a piece of literature that embodies the the culture of a people and usually has to do with a hero going on a long epic trip to far away lands.

Epic prose and poetry have existed since the dawn of time, they are our oldest literature and part of our cultural heritage, while they may not be a very popular form of writing much anymore, people still love them to this day and hopefully the style will return to its full grandeur someday.
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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Epic prose and poetry
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The Divine Comedy


The Divine Comedy is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative vision of the afterlife is ...more

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Idylls of the King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Epic prose and poetry
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Idylls of the King


Idylls of the King, published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson which retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of Arthur's kingdom. The whole work ...more

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The Poetic Edda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Epic prose and poetry
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The Poetic Edda


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Ovid's Metamorphoses is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Epic prose and poetry
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Ovid's Metamorphoses


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Kumārasambhava is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Epic prose and poetry
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Kumārasambhava


Kumārasambhava is a Sanskrit epic poem by Kālidāsa. The Kumārasambhava is widely regarded as one of Kālidāsa's finest works, a paradigmatic example of Kāvya poetry. The style of description of spring set the standard for nature metaphors pervading many centuries of Indian literary tradition. The ...more

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Argonautica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Epic prose and poetry
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Argonautica


The Argonautica is a Greek epic poem written by Apollonius Rhodius in the 3rd century BC. The only surviving Hellenistic epic, the Argonautica tells the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece from remote Colchis. Their heroic adventures and Jason's relationship ...more

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Morte D'Arthur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Epic prose and poetry
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Morte D'Arthur


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