Epic literature comes from the oral traditions of ancient civilizations. Epic poems have been created throughout history, up to the present day. Epic poems are included in all three genres of poetry, which include lyric, dramatic, and narrative.
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Epic Literature Is Narrative
Epic literature belongs to the narrative genre of poetry. A narrative poem will tell a story of societies and heroes. The subject matter includes topics of human interest. Ballads are narrative poems, as well as epics.
Well-known ballads are:
• “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,/Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,/While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,/As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door./`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door - Only this, and nothing more.'” “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
• The COOK of Londoun, whil the Reve spak,/For joye him thoughte, he clawed him on the bak./"Ha! ha!" quod he, "for Criste passioun,/This miller hadde a sharp conclusioun/Upon his argument of herbergage./Wel seyde Salomon in his langage,/`Ne bryng nat every man into thyn hous,'/For herberwynge by nyghte is perilous./Wel oghte a man avysed for to be,/Whom that be broghte into his pryvetee./I pray to God so yeve me sorwe and care,/If evere sitthe I highte Hogge of Ware,/Herde I a millere bettre yset awerk./He hadde a jape of malice in the derk./But God forbede that we stynte heere,/And therfore, if ye vouche-sauf to heere/A tale of me that am a povre man,/I wol yow telle, as wel as evere I kan,/A litel jape that fil in oure citee." "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer
• “By the shore of Gitchie Gumee,/By the shining Big-Sea-Water,/At the doorway of his wigwam,/In the pleasant Summer morning,/Hiawatha stood and waited.” "Hiawatha" by Henry... [continues]
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