Responding to the lack of genre-based
sites on the web, I've gathered here an array of sites focused on epic poetry,
aiming for the occasionally quirky as well as the canonical vision of the genre.
In addition to the links to individual poems and poets, I've tried to incorporate
a few key sites for chronological study. Thus, links to sites like Perseus,
The Labyrinth or Romantic Circles, with all their wealth of connections, are
included at the bottom of the appropriate page. Your comments
and suggestions for inclusion or updating are appreciated. Like all
good sites, this one should be perpetually evolving, and appropriately enough,
in the midst of things. I update the pages as often as I can (but time's wingéd
chariot hurries near).
For familiarity's sake, the organization
is (loosely) chronological, with a few pages (Non-Western, American, and Women's
Epic) based in kinds rather than times of origin. The chronologies as
well as the selections currently show too clearly my own as well as the Internet's
strong Anglo-American bias. And I have finally incorporated a search
page for this directory, which may help if you're not sure where to start
Note: Though I do include
links to some creative, occasionally naive endeavors, I try not to include
sites like the following (straight from the original): "Oral poets can
whole heroic poems a formulae in construction of their epics although in this
case Homer did not."
Epic Memory What looks to be an engaging project in "questions of medium, memory and performance in relation to the percolation of the past through located poetics" In other words, perhaps, "how does the epic form (meter, rhythm and formula) facilitate the remembrance of past events in an oral tradition? This easily segues into questions such as what effect do other media whether they are text based, aural modes of record, film, etc. have upon epic remembrance? "
How to Write an Epic Poem Just in case you were wondering: "Confront your hero with dangerous monsters and other incredible adventures. Include vivid and explicit descriptions of warfare (particularly weapons and combat)."
The Genre of Performative Epic Under "epic," a "quasi manifesto" from the poet of Plains of Abraham, a poem in English, inspired by Greek and Sanskrit epic.