Ch 3: Epic Poetry of America & the UK

About This Chapter

This chapter continues our exploration of World literature by examining epic poetry of America and the United Kingdom. Through an exploration of works from Shakespeare, Longfellow, and Atherstone, your understanding of the role of poetry in the broad category of literature will grow.

Overview of Epic Poetry of America & the UK Chapter Summary

From the 16th century through the 19th century, there is a multitude of American and UK poetry. These lessons offer a glimpse into the wealth of literature we have from this time. Poems in this chapter include:

  • The Rape of Lucrece - an early work of Shakespeare
  • Evangeline - Longfellow's epic poem about Acadian history
  • The Fall of Nineveh - Atherstone's political tale praising democracy

Here at, we are regularly adding new material and additional lessons as our subject matter experts develop them. Utilize the materials as best fits your needs, explore the lessons, print out, and keep the transcripts and handouts as you choose. Enjoy exploring this selection of European epic poetry! If you are excited to explore even further into the poetry of this period, be sure to check out some of the links below to a few of our other fantastic courses!

How to Use this Chapter

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