Ch 1: European Epic Poetry

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Examples of epic poetry can be found throughout the world. In this chapter of the Survey of World Literature course, we explore the epic poetry of Europe, including some of the most well-known poetry from Castille, Italy, and France.

Overview of European Epic Poetry Chapter Summary

Lyrical verse as an artistic expression has a tradition extending far back into human history. This chapter explores examples of epic poetry in the European tradition. From Spain to Portugal, to France and Italy, these great poems span Europe and show the culture and history of the people through beautifully combined words. Poetic works discussed in this chapter include:

  • Cantar de Mio Cid, a historical poem of the Castillian people
  • Orlando Furioso, an Italian tale of love, chivalry, and the crusades
  • The Lusiads, a Portuguese travel tale of explorations to India and beyond
  • The Song of Roland, a classic French poem of history from the time of Charlemagne
  • Elizabethan Poetry, poetical traditions in the time of Queen Elizabeth I of England

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