Epic Poetry

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An epic (from the Ancient Greek adjective ἐπικός (epikos), from ἔπος (epos) "word, story, poem") is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation. Oral poetry may qualify as an epic, and Albert Lord and Milman Parry have argued that classical epics were fundamentally an oral poetic form. Nonetheless, epics have been written down at least since the works of Virgil, Dante Alighieri, and John Milton. Many probably would not have survived if not written down. The first epics are known
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The Odyssey
The Iliad
Beowulf
Paradise Lost
The Aeneid
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Inferno
The Divine Comedy
Metamorphoses
The Song of Roland
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Nibelungenlied
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Volume 2: Purgatorio

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