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    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.…

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    Beowulf Research Paper

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    Yes, Beowulf is an example of an epic poetry. An epic is a long narrative poem, composed in an elevated style, dealing with the trials and achievements of heroes or heroines and events significant to a culture or nation. Beowulf is an example of an epic hero. The first epic poetry pieces were products of pre-literate societies: the primary epic, evolves from the mores, legends, or folk tales of a people and is initially developed in an oral tradition of storytelling. It could also be assumed…

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    The thought that epic poetry is inherently male poetry is true, yet only to the extent that it was a product of the civilization of Greece at the time. First and foremost, the functioning meaning of this claim is that epic poetry features only male leads and functions as commentary and development of solely male roles. While it is true that stories such as The Iliad and The Odyssey do feature male leads and very few, or essentially none in the case of The Iliad, non-static female characters, it…

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    Beowulf Epic Hero

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    What are the fundamentals of an epic hero, and how does this epic hero Beowulf relate to the Anglo-Saxon world that thrived so long ago? While reading the spine tingling work Beowulf, I discovered the answers to these confounding questions. This work of evolutionary poetry paved the way for all epic heroes and their destinies. The simple complexity of this work is breathtaking, and it is more than meets the eye. When it comes to analyzing this stunning masterpiece it is hard to merely put into…

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    Beowulf, an Epic Example The story Beowulf, an oral tradition told several times is, for the most part, an epic poem. An epic is a genre of classical poetry originating in Greece. It contains universal themes, it is focused on the exploits of a hero and/or demigod, it starts in medias res, which means it starts in the middle of some type of action, and many more characteristics to make Beowulf an epic poem. Beowulf is an example of an epic because the narrative starts in medias res,…

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    The contemporary world of Alexander Pope is unquestionably trivialised through his use of mock-epic and satire, it is not so often acknowledged for the skill in which Pope parodies the epic form which makes the mock-epic and the epic undoubtedly conjoined in the experience they provide the reader. The epic poem, like all other literary forms, has continually been used as a vehicle in which beliefs and values resonate from one generation to the next. On account of the fact that epics have…

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    This quote is from Milton’s famous epic poem, “Paradise Lost”. The zeitgeist during this time was the fear of kings disobeying the Magna Carta and starting a war with The Church of England and countries. As a religious and political dissenter, Milton is a supporter of the Commonwealth government of Oliver Cromwell (Enotes). He wrote several political tracts opposing the former monarchy. The English Civil War in England during the period of 1642-1648 and the execution of King Charles contributed…

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    Odysseus

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    constructed in the style of poetry, and it is debated as to whether it was composed orally or by hand. Although the printing press was years from its creation, the Mycenaean civilization of ancient Greece used a Linear B form of writing that could have been used despite the…

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    Sappho Curse Poetry

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    More specifically, Cameron has proved that the sixth stanza of fragment 1 V has many affinities with magical papyri from a much later date. Nevertheless, the affinity of Sappho’s poetry with curses has only been implied in some cases and was never fully explored. What I will try to suggest is that some of her fragments belong -to a certain extent- to poetic curse-poetry (or, in other words, are literary curses) along with the Stasburg epode and other fragments of archaic lyric poets. This…

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    What is the importance of genre within poetry? I think through working with genre and some of its symbols, interpreting a piece of literature has a deeper meaning. Comparing and contrasting a piece to each other also brings up similar ideas and reoccurring themes that lead to drawing conclusions about human nature. While working with the poems Beowulf, Lanval, and Sir Gawain within their genres, I find that conditions within societies form a need of a hero figure but that hero varies with values…

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