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Old 10-24-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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A call for epic poetry/prose recommendations!

May I add the following peer
Of poetry great and small?
Tho I read but little rhyme
'Twas enjoyed in all its thrall
Of Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Do I speak, with his maritime Rime
Of sea and spirit and sailor
Didst he write and I did find the time!
And so I beg to members here
E'en though you may not read
The poets great of times gone by
You give their names some heed
And if you know of poems alike
The one which I descrie
Wouldst that thou inform me here
So that then I might them try?
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:46 PM   #2
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I read Eric Brighteyes long, long ago. It was written in the style of an Icelandic saga (I think).

The book is public domain so there's probably a way to read as an ebook.

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Strongly recommend Under Milk Wood available here in the Patricia Clark memorial library
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The Kalevala.

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Old 10-25-2010, 05:19 AM   #5
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Hmm that makes me think of Sibelius. Finnish?
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I read Eric Brighteyes long, long ago. It was written in the style of an Icelandic saga (I think).

The book is public domain so there's probably a way to read as an ebook.

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Hmmm, never heard of it-must google!
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:18 AM   #7
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The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson will be available at Amazon.com on December 1.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Long-Ships...tag=inkmesh-20

A review by Michael Chabon:
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The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson will be available at Amazon.com on December 1.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Long-Ships...tag=inkmesh-20

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http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2...he-long-ships/
Oh I don't want to buy e-books-i want them free!
But seriously, I wouldn't buy a book I knew nothing about, and if I had to spend money on a book it would be a real book.
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Hmm that makes me think of Sibelius. Finnish?
No, to be honest. I started them once a long time ago (a two-volume HB set I found at a flea market) but still haven't Finnished them.
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Strongly recommend Under Milk Wood available here in the Patricia Clark memorial library
Great poem, but in no way whatsoever an epic.
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Hmmm, never heard of it-must google!
The author is Sir Henry Rider Haggard. It's contained in Volume 8 of my series of Haggard anthologies here at MR.
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There are of course three "definitive" epics which I'd recommend everyone to read: Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey", and Virgil's "Aeneid". They are among the cornerstones of Western literature.
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The author is Sir Henry Rider Haggard. It's contained in Volume 8 of my series of Haggard anthologies here at MR.
Ah yea H Rider Haggard, King Solonmon's Mines, She etc. I have the former on my shelf.
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There are of course three "definitive" epics which I'd recommend everyone to read: Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey", and Virgil's "Aeneid". They are among the cornerstones of Western literature.
They would probably go right over my head!
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They would probably go right over my head!
Not at all. They are all great stories! The Odyssey, especially, is an absolutely wonderful adventure story. I'd recommend the Richard Lattimore translation - it really preserves the "feel" of the Greek original. Your username here - Cyclops; the story of the Cyclops is from the Odyssey.
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