The Classic Line: A Study in Epic Poetry
Focusing particular attention on "Beowulf", "Roland", the "Cid", the "Iliad", the "Odyssey", the "Aeneid", the "Divine comedy", and "Paradise lost", the author examines the formal rhetorical and syntactical features in these poems.
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The Signal Fires
The Man of Many Turns
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