The Greatest Epic prose and poetry Anything

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 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

    Idylls of the King
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    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

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    Ovid's Metamorphoses

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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 period ...more

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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 with ...more

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    Morte D'Arthur

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    Prose Edda

    The Prose Edda, also known as the Younger Edda, Snorri's Edda or simply Edda, is an Old Norse work of literature made in Iceland in the early 13th century. Together with the Poetic Edda, it comprises the major store of Scandinavian mythology. The work is often assumed to have been written, or at least ...more

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    The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior ...more

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    The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún is a book containing two narrative poems and related texts composed by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and HarperCollins on 5 May 2009. The two poems that make up most of the book were probably written during the 1930s, and were inspired by ...more

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    The Lusiads

    One of the first modern translations of Camões's Lusiadas,specifically for Pelican Books. The translation dates from 1952.more

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    The Mahābhārata

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    Epic of King Gesar

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    Epic of Gilgamesh

    Epic of Gilgamesh
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    The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. Dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur, it is often regarded as the first great work of literature. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about 'Bilgamesh', king of Uruk. These independent stories were later used as ...more

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    Aeneid
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    The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It is composed of 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter. The first six of the poem's twelve books tell the story of ...more

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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th-century Middle English chivalric romance. It is one of the best known Arthurian stories, and is of a type known as the "beheading game". The Green Knight is interpreted by some as a representation of the Green Man of folklore and by others as an allusion to ...more

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    Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. The first version, published in 1667, consisted of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, arranged into twelve books with minor revisions throughout and a note on the ...more

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    The Knight in the Panther's Skin

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    The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. Scholars ...more

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