The ancients have left us model heroic poems
in which the heroes furnish the whole interest of the story, and we are still unable to accustom ourselves to the fact that for our epoch histories of that kind are meaningless.
Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die, as Alfred Lord Tennyson put it in his heroic poem
about the charge of the Light Brigade, which in fact was an idiotic, senseless and completely suicidal assault by a saber-armed British cavalry against Russian artillery in the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War.
Bowman's contribution is one of several recent articles to revisit the Old English heroic poem
The Battle of Maldon with reference to Tolkien, but also I think one of the best: Bowman argues that Tolkien's selective "refinement" of the Northern heroic code, as expressed in LotR, is not a simple repudiation of it.
Anyway, the events in this heroic poem
take place in some bleak north land; the setting of what is often described as England's national epic is not England per se.
Now a first edition of 1744's Cricket - An Heroic Poem
is up for grabs at auction.
Remarkably, he nonetheless understood himself to be writing for his entire age, and even heralding for it another age in which (according to Die Weltalter) "one is still coming who will sing the greatest heroic poem
, grasping in spirit something for which the seers of old were famous: what was, what is, what will be.
In its standard sense, the term epic or heroic poem
is applied to a work that meets at least the following criteria: it is a long narrative poem on a serious subject, told in a formal and elevated style, and centred on a heroic .
It was offered for the best Heroic Poem
based on Llewelyn Fawr, not exceeding 600 lines, the adjudicators being Dyfed, Elfed, Berw, Prof J Morris Jones and Alafon.
The difficulty, however, that confronts Gregory is that, leaving aside Trissino's Italia liberata dai goti (1548), until Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata (1581) there was no successful modern heroic poem
in that mold.
Stuart used the Greek myth of Helen of Troy as his starting point and was inspired by Seneca's tragedy The Trojan Women, Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and the Babylonian heroic poem
The rediscovery of Aristotle led influential theorists such as Torquato Tasso to postulate an abstract definition of the heroic poem
in which the matter was employed in the service of a predetermined aesthetic ideal.
21) Clark, "The Battle of Maldon: A Heroic Poem
," Speculum 43 (1968): 52-71, 53.