Epics or not?

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Re: Epics or not?

Postby Neula H on May 7th, 2012, 6:10 am

It's very probable that epic poetry in the above sense did exist in Britain, it was simply not written down and lost along with everything else. What little survives - in the Mabinogion etc, are fragments.

I blame the Druids, the Oral Tradition, the Romans and the Christians.

I'm reading Spencer's Faerie Queen at the moment; now there's a good epic poem. Also satisfyingly violent and gross in places. To keep the kids interested.
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Re: Epics or not?

Postby Edwin Deady on May 7th, 2012, 9:45 am

We had a bowdlerised version of the Faerie Queencalled the Red Cross Knight. Very entertaining to an 8 year-old with pictures of knights in armour. Nothing gross though! Must read the original.
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Re: Epics or not?

Postby Neula H on May 7th, 2012, 12:07 pm

I'm only on page 50 and there's already been an evil wizard and a vile stinky serpent lady being eaten by her own mutated offspring, who gorge themselves, burst and die. was that in the picture book?

Bon appetit :)
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Re: Epics or not?

Postby Edwin Deady on May 7th, 2012, 12:52 pm

Certainly not, my eight year-old self feels cheated.
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