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English Epic Poetry

The history and theory of English epic and mock-epic poetry, with attention to the status of epic in modern times. Consideration of efforts to emulate Homer and Virgil, as well as issues of artistry and interpretation in English translations of ancient epics. Close reading of epics by three or four poets, such as the Beowulf-poet, Spenser, Milton, Pope, and Wordsworth.

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