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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The EP comprises six songs that remained unfinished at the time the Grammy-nominated album Beast Epic was released earlier this year.
Across town, the great Sub Pop hero Sam Beam of Iron & Wine plays a Valentine's Day show in support of his latest release, Beast Epic. Painter-turned-film professor-turned-singersongwriter Beam, who rose to prominence with a blend of whispered vocals and softly homespun indie folk, chose the moniker Iron & Wine after coming across a dietary supplement named 'Beef Iron & Wine' while working on a film.
By way of illustration, Amer discusses medieval Occidental animal typology, which, she maintains, reduces the animal-signifier to a single signification (e.g., both the bestiary's generic fox and the beast epic's particularized Renart are equated with ruse).
Fox and Wolf is the only extant English representative of the beast epic before Chaucer; the fabliau is a similarly underrepresented genre in early Middle English literature.
beast epic A long verse narrative with climactic epic construction comprising beast tales, or stories of animals represented as acting with human feelings and motives.
Reynard the Fox is classified as a "beast epic." The underlying framework of this popular medieval literary form is a series of stories linked by the same characters--invariably, anthropomorphized animals (hence, "beast epic").