Analysis Of The Poem ' Epic Of Gilgamesh ' Essay

1397 Words Oct 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Poetry is a form of art. It is used to convey emotion. There are over fifty types of poetry. Epic, Haiku, Cinquain, Ballad, Sonnet, Limerick, Verse Drama, Elegy Cento, and Ode are just a few of them. Poetry has also changed over the years.
“Epic of Gilgamesh” is one of the earliest poetic works. It dates back to 2000 B.C. and was a tradition of the Sumerians. The ancient Greeks were also known for epic poetry that dates back as early as 1200 B.C. and A.D. 455. Homer and Hesiod were two of the most famous Greek poets. Homer wrote the “Iliad” and The “Odyssey” while Hesiod wrote “Works and Days.” It is said that poetry was originally used to tell a story so people could remember it easier. Most of the epic poetry was written in Latin. This is the beginning of the Odyssey:
SPEAK, MEMORY-
Of the cunning hero,
The wanderer, blown off course time and again
After he plundered Troy’s sacred heights.
In the medieval times, between 455 and 1485 poetry was being toyed with in regards to the language and subject matter. Ballads came out at this time. Poets got more imaginative during the Renaissance period. Verse drama was the new form of poetry. One of the playwrights written in this form was by the famous William Shakespeare. Sonnets were also introduced during the Renaissance period. During the Victorian era, 1832-1901, poets were changing their normal forms of poetry. Free Verse was introduced by poets like Walt Whitman. During the beginning of the twentieth century poets were…

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