Classical Epic Tradition

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Apr 1, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 572 pages
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The literary epic and critical theories about the epic tradition are traced from Aristotle and Callimachus through Apollonius, Virgil, and their successors such as Chaucer and Milton to Eisenstein, Tolstoy, and Thomas Mann. Newman's revisionist critique will challenge all scholars, students, and general readers of the classics, comparative literature, and western literary traditions.

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The Italian Tradition
Chaucer and Milton
Eisenstein and Pudovkin

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Page 380 - Indian mount; or faery elves, Whose midnight revels, by a forest side Or fountain, some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the Moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the Earth Wheels her pale course; they, on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
Page 430 - ALL night the dreadless angel, unpursued, Through heaven's wide champain held his way; till Morn, Waked by the circling hours, with rosy hand Unbarr'd the gates of light. There is a cave Within the mount of God, fast by his throne, Where light and darkness in perpetual round Lodge and dislodge by turns...
Page 392 - So saying, her rash hand in evil hour Forth reaching to the Fruit, she pluck'd, she eat: Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat Sighing through all her Works gave signs of woe, That all was lost.
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Page 274 - In quella parte ove surge ad aprire Zefiro dolce le novelle fronde di che si vede Europa rivestire, non molto lungi al percuoter...
Page 380 - Since first this subject for Heroic Song Pleas'd me long choosing, and beginning late; Not sedulous by Nature to indite Warrs, hitherto the onely Argument Heroic deem'd, chief maistrie to dissect With long and tedious havoc fabl'd Knights In Battels feign'd; the better fortitude Of Patience and Heroic Martyrdom...

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John Kevin Newman is professor emeritus of classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a four-time medal winner for his original poems in Latin, and author of a number of books including Augustus and the New Poetry, Roman Catullus and the Modification of the Alexandrian Sensibility, and Augustan Propertius: The Recapitulation of a Genre.

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