Poems Summaries

Beowulf

  • Last updated on April 8, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Beowulf image image caption Cover of Beowulf: A New Verse Translation author Original author unknown translator Seamus Heaney country Germanic origins language West Saxon dialect of Old English genre Epic poetry publisher W.W. Norton & Company release date Original: 700-1000 A.D. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation: 1999 media type Poetry pages […]

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Epic of Gilgamesh image image caption 2006 Penguin Books Edition author Unknown translator N.K. Sandars country Mesopotamia original language Sumerian translated language English language genre(s) Poetry publisher Penguin release date 2100-1200 BCE media type Paperback pages 120 isbn 0141026286 The Epic of Gilgamesh (/ˈɡɪlɡəmɛʃ/) is an epic poem from ancient […]

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The Raven

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“The Raven” is a narrative poem by the American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in January 1845. It is noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the latter’s slow descent into madness. The lover, often identified as being a […]

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The Iliad

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book” name The Iliad image image caption Cover of the Fagles translation orig title Ἰλιάς author Homer translator Robert Fagles country Ancient Greece language Original: Homeric Greek Translated: English genre(s) Epic Poem publisher Penguin release date Original: <800 BC Translation: 1999 media type Epic poem pages 683 isbn 0140275363 The Greek epic written by […]

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The Waste Land

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) was written in the wake of World War I, supposedly the “war to end all wars.” But what Eliot saw in the peace that followed was pain and disunity, fragmentation and false hope. He presented the world as “a heap of broken images.” Critic Edmund Wilson, perhaps the first […]

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The Song of Roland

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Song of Roland original title La Chanson de Roland image image caption Penguin cover author Anonymous Translator Dorothy L. Sayers country England language French (original) English (translated) genre(s) Dystopia, Science Fiction, Social Issues publisher Chatto and Windus release date 1100 (original) 1957 (translated) media type Paperback pages 208 isbn 0140440755 […]

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The Odyssey

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book” name The Odyssey image image caption Cover of the Fagles translation orig title Ὀδύσσεια author Homer translator Robert Fagles country Greece language Original: Ancient Greece Translated: English genre(s) Epic Poem publisher Penguin release date Original: <800 BC Translation: 1990 media type Epic poem pages 541 isbn 0143039954 The epic poem of Odysseus begins […]

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Inferno

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Inferno original title Inferno translator Anthony Esolen image image caption Anthony Esolen translation author Dante Alighieri country Italy language Medieval Italian vernacular series The Divine Comedy genre Epic poem, religious allegory, fantasy publisher Modern Library release date 1314 media type Paperback pages 490 isbn 0812970063 followed_by Purgatorio   Plot Overview Inferno […]

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