beast epic


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beast epic

n.
A long, usually allegorical verse narrative in which the characters are animals with human feelings and motives.
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Honegger divides what is left into three separate traditions: that stemming from the Physiologus (the Old English Physiologus and Phoenix, and the Middle English Physiologus); the genre of bird debate (The Owl and the Nightingale, The Thrush and The Nightingale, The Cuckoo and the Nightingale, and The Parliament of Fowls); and that of beast epic and beast fable (The Vox and the Wolf and the Nun's Priest's Tale).
The Ysengrimus shares some of the narrative structures and techniques of the earlier beast epic but has a far greater element of humour alongside its more serious satirical meaning.
Donalson (foreign languages and history, Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile) reflects on the wolf in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures and compiles with observations and commentary on the wolf in patristic, classical, and medieval literature from fables to beast epics.