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    The Epic of Gilgamesh
  The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh, the cycle of poems preserved on clay tablets surviving from ancient Mesopotamia of the third millennium B.C. One of the best and most important pieces of epic poetry from human history, predating even Homer's Iliad by roughly 1...
 
    The Aeneid, Virgil
  The Aeneid, Virgil
Virgil's great epic transforms the Homeric tradition into a triumphal statement of the Roman civilizing mission. The Aeneid describes the adventures of Aeneas, the legendary Trojan hero who survived the fall of troy, sailed westward to Italy and foun...
 
 
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  Metamorphoses, Ovidius
  Metamorphoses, Ovidius
Metamorphoses, the best-known poem by one of the wittiest poets of classical antiquity, takes as its theme change and transformation, as illustrated by Greco-Roman myth and legend. Melville's new translation reproduces the grace and fluency of Ovid's...
 
    Parzival, Medieval German Epic Poem
  Parzival, Medieval German Epic Poem
Parzival is a major medieval German epic poem attributed to the poet Wolfram von Eschenbach, written in the Middle High German language. The poem is commonly dated circa the first quarter of the 13th century. The poem is, in part, an adaptation of Ch...
 
    The Divine Comedy, Dante
  The Divine Comedy, Dante
The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened "Divina" by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greates...
 
    Petrarch’s Canzoniere
  Petrarch’s Canzoniere
Francesco Petrarca was one of the great figures of Italian literature. He traveled widely in the service of the church, was involved in Italian politics, and wrote extensively. In 1341 he was crowned laureate at Rome for his poetry. Varied and ima...
 
    The Faerie Queene, Spenser
  The Faerie Queene, Spenser
Epic poem that was published between 1590 and 1609 by Edmund Spenser. It is the central poem of the Elizabethan period and is one of the great long poems in the English language. A celebration of Protestant nationalism, it represents infidels and pap...
 
    The Complete Verse, Kipling
  The Complete Verse, Kipling
Kipling was once the literary lion of the English-speaking world; within a generation his fame, as a poet at least, was all but extinguished. In a tendentious foreword to this edition of his complete verse, Kaye makes an unconvincing attempt to answe...
 
         



 
 
         
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