Poetically Speaking: Epic Poetry

Epic Poetry predates literacy, centuries before humans began writing poetry. Researchers believe that poetry and storytelling were developed to help storytellers remember their history and pass it through the ages.

Poetry was easier to remember. “An epic poem is a long narrative poem that talks about heroic deeds and events that are Signiant to the culture of the poet.” Often it contained tales of intense adventures and heroic feats. This includes Oral Epics and Folklore (Ideals of stories that are not true, but many people have heard or read.) Epic came from the Ancient Greek adjective” epikos” which means a poetic story. It speaks of bravery and courage. The style usually uses an impressive style. It represents values of a certain culture, race, nation, and groups. The hero comes out the victor in the end.

Ballard poetry on the other hand is shorter in length and is composed to be sung. They are known as folk ballads. Passed on from generation to generation.

The first example of Epic poetry called Gilgamesh tells the story of life as an Assyrian king. Themes are related to gods, mortality, human beings’ legacy, and seduction. It is done in a grand style. This epic was written 4,000 years ago. Iliad is another form of epic poetry, written by a blind poet by the name of Homer. Homer is a mystery; little facts are known about him. It contains the story of the Trojan Wars. Paradise Lost is an epic written by a blind poet John Milton. Milton was an English poet polemicist (attacks with spoken words and loves a good debate) and man of letters, a civil servant for the commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. Milton used similar techniques as Homer such as a grand style that contained similes and the muse. The purpose of epic poetry was to raise the heroes up to audiences inspiring them to be ready for heroic actions. Epics were collections of historical events not recorded in history books. There are little examples of Epic poetry due to the length of the poem.

Enjoy the spoken word and remember to listen to your grandparents and great-grandparents for family history.

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Eva Marie Ann Cagley was born in 1958 to Frank and Priscilla Cagley. Having been raised in Waterloo Iowa, U.S. She spent most of my time working with teenagers as a counselor. Working with teenagers gave her great joy, having had none of her own… She came from a large family having nine children. She has always had a passion for writing and believes it is a gift from God… There's little else to say about her as her writing reflects whom she is. Her beliefs, perspectives, trials, tribulations hope and despair, dreams of all her lives’ journeys…She currently has five poetry books published and a Miracle story. Her poetry and essays can be found on various ezines and blogs. Her poetry books can be found on Amazon and Lulu. Book titles: “In the Garden of My Mind,” “Dancing in Heaven,” “The Airwaves of My Soul,” “Where Poets Dream,” I Shall Always Think of You,” “God's Miracle Story.” Her personal web page is authorevamariecagley.com. She is included in the book “To Be or Not to Be A Writer” by, Sweetycat press publications. Available on Amazon. Who's Who of Emerging Writers 2021 published by Sweetycat press. Also available on Amazon. The Beacon Ezine, (Poetry). Spillwords (Poetry) Honor of Socialite of the year 2021. The Academy of the Heart and Mind, (Poetry and essay). Wink Writers in The Know Magazine & Blog (Essay and poetry). Journey of the Heart, (Poetry). Wildfire Publications LLC, Inc. (Poetry and article). Grey Thoughts, (Essays, Poetry). The New Zealand Blog (Articles and poetry). She has also been included in numerous anthologies. You can find the links to all her published works on https://linktr.ee/EvaMarieCagley. She currently writes articles for Wildfire Publications LLC Magazine and every two weeks for the New Zealand Dream Blog. She has always had a desire to write and takes her work seriously. She has just recently become aggressive by submitting her work. She is pleased with her success!