EPICS. An Introduction to English Literature. Dr. AHMED ABD ALHADI. Epics. By ABDALSALAM K. BADAWI. Quick review. What is literature? it`s a fine art whose main purpose is to give pleasure by providing the representation of nature or reality by means of words .
What is literature?
There are two recognizable methods of writing poetry:
An important characteristic of primary epics is the primitive nature of the life they depict. Their background is largely pastoral. And there is a world were men and animals live in kinship (ex. There is a dog mentioned in the Odyssey who recognises his master Odysseus on his return home after an absence of twenty years and is so overjoyed that his heart bursts).
Some cannot be attributed to any author at all
written by historically known author
Ex. “Aeneid” by Virgil
Ex. “Iliad and Odyssey” by Homer
“Paradise Lost” by Milton