After three years of Old English at King's College, London, I had taken a course on "The Heroic Poetry
of the Germanic Peoples" as part of my MA in Toronto.
Her choices are mostly from a number of Old Norse Skaldic and Eddic verses, from Old English charms and heroic poetry
such as Deor, Beowulf, Maldon, and Brunanburh, and select pieces of Early Irish heroic and historiographic poetry, including Lebor Gabala Erenn, Cath Maige Tuired, and the Ulster Cycle.
I envy the flute-player raised on heroic poetry
. I recline on the old raft I cry, bound to the pine swans.
The Welsh Language: A History Janet Davies (University of Wales Press, PS9.99) This book offers a broad historical survey of Welshlanguage culture from 6thcentury heroic poetry
to television and pop culture in the early 21st century.
Treasure and material values are themes recurrent in Old English heroic poetry
and are often depicted as being at the centre of communal values.
Soviet heroic poetry
in context; folklore or fakelore.
The second essay by Haferland, "The Hatred of Enemies: Germanic Heroic Poetry
and the Narrative Design of the Heliand," again perhaps passe, uses "acculturation" theory to argue how the Heliand poet, an oral singer motivated by the terms of heroic poetry
, employs "narrative features" (212) from Germanic heroic poetry
and places the Jesus story in the combative "narrative world" (215) of that genre to depict Jesus and his followers as heroically resisting their hateful Jewish enemies.
Milton's divine characters are the most fully realized in Renaissance heroic poetry
Bowra (1952: 4) argues that "heroes are honoured because they have made a final effort in courage and endurance, and no more can be asked of them." The heroic poetry
is essentially a historical narrative and has always been remarkable for its national character.
In sum, this lively book is a stimulating and much-needed study of the difficulties Renaissance epic poets faced, and of some of the solutions they found, when they had to replace the Olympian deities of classical heroic poetry
with a Christian God that is unique, infinite, all-powerful, and good.
Dryden was the first to attribute Milton's sublime style to a rhetorical technique (Jensen 111) and, in "The Author's apology For Heroic Poetry
and Poetic License" which prefaced "The State of Innocence," his own operatic vision of Paradise Lost, Dryden took on the role of critic when he judged Milton's heroic verse.
If you live in this weak, friendly nation, as I do, you're especially susceptible to artists like Syberberg--artists who open the door to a world we thought no longer existed, a world of myths and heroic poetry
. Syberberg's art has always tapped into these archaic energies, although on the surface it critiques the irrationalism such energies produce when unleashed.