06 November, 2009

A Deeper Look

Hey!

As I have already mentioned, the Greek were very skillful writers and worked toward developing many genres of Literature. Although I already knew about some of the poetry types that the Greek developed, I decided to find out what each of them were and what they entailed for clarification sake. Today I looked at epic and lyric poetry.

The epic poetry was the first type of poetry written in history. An epic poem is a lengthy narrative poem, which, most times, concern a serious subject, containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or a nation.

Epyllion, considered to be a type of Epic Poetry is a brief narrative poem with a romantic or mythological theme. The term Epyllion means 'little Epic' and this type of poetry came into use in the nineteenth century.

Lyric poetry, written very early in the History of Western Literature, has evolved simply into short poems which express personal feelings. However, in Ancient Greek society lyric poetry was considered nothing other than verse that was accompanied by a lyre or other stringed instrument. These 'poems', of course, were sung by individual or a chorus. Modern lyric poetry is still sometimes sung, but not necessarily so.

You can find out more about lyric poetry here.

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