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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2007, 02:37:18 am »

Does it involve sexual intercourse with beasties?  Cause that's where it's at these days, you know.  I wouldn't want you to miss out on the trend!
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« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2007, 02:56:57 am »

Sort of...

I don't want to give it away
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« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2007, 12:20:00 am »

Hi Unknown,

I read the poem on my lunch hour today (nice addition of the picture, by the way, that wasn't there earlier!).  I'll admit that I am not used to reading epic poems, so I don't really have a lot of other works to make comparisons with, however, it read pretty well to me. The only suggestion I would make is to shorten the middle a little bit, or else make some more foreshadowing of the werewolf at the end!

It actually reminded me of that movie "Brotherhood of the Wolf," have you ever seen it?  It's all about this monster that stalks an ancient European countryside and this pair of hunters (one of them, and Indian) try and stop it.  I highly recommend you see it as it left an impression and it is also similar to your werewolf stuff!

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« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2007, 12:44:48 am »

Does it involve sexual intercourse with beasties?  Cause that's where it's at these days, you know.  I wouldn't want you to miss out on the trend!

Sez YOU!

And that is only cause your sex life is so kinky!!
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« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2007, 01:22:11 am »

Hi Brooke

I think your right all the cool stuff is at the end, and I spent forever setting up the story.

I should really make the end longer, its a good plot I am just not sure of this format for it, to hard to make the plot work in rythme.

I saw brotherhood of the wolf, very cool movie

Thanks for reading it Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: March 03, 2007, 04:22:15 pm »

Hi Brooke

I was thinking about what you said about not having read any epic poems, maybe you have and just didn't know thats what they were.

They are the oldest type of literate, almost all the great sagas are epic poems, such as the Illiad and the Odyssey.

 Also great works of religion/philosophy were written in this form, the fantastic Prometheus Bound and of coarse Ovid's Metamorphoses.  Later such wonderful works as Chancer's Cantebury Tales.

But a really great epic Poem is Milton's Paradise Lost, one of the wonderful things about this is, that you can read it in the original language. This is a fantastic piece of literature, I highly recommend it.

 
A list of some....

The Ramayana


 The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica
      by Apollonius of Rhodes


 The Aeneid
       by Virgil


 The Metamorphoses
           of Ovid


 The Thebaid: Seven against Thebes

 The Trojan Epic: Posthomerica
    by Quintus of Smyrna

Beowulf

 Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

 Song of the Nibelungs

 The Song of Roland

The Divine Comedy
      by Dante Alighieri

 The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District

 Paradise Lost
    by John Milton
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« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2007, 12:21:51 am »

I take it back, Unknown, I have read epic poems, just the term didn't connect with me when I was replying the other night.  In fact, I have read about half of those on your list, with the Divine Comedy being one of my personal favorites!

I did read the Illiad for school, too.  I can't believe that Homer actually went around telling that poem, as long as it is, and that there are other versions of it in existence! It's very long, I find it hard to believe that people could remember all the details, and it's hard to believe it could travel through the ages, unchanged! I know it's a classic, but I don't expect to be able to fully appreciate it until I get older.

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« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2007, 12:49:17 am »

Hi Brooke

Thats why they rythme, so they are easier to memorize. They go back to a time before written language when knowledge was handed down by word of mouth.

Did you read Paradise Lost?

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« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2007, 01:07:09 am »

Yes, I did, I read them back to back - Dante's Inferno was the one that stuck the most in my mind, though! I also saw a special on Dante, it seems he consigned some of his enemies in the book to one of the lower circles of hell, too.  I thought that was funny.

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« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2007, 01:14:36 am »

That is funny

I was disappointed by Dante's Inferno, I found a paperback version at Barnes and Noble.

I imagine it is way better in the original language. But paradise Lost I just loved.



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« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2007, 01:24:12 am »

I'll have to read Paradise Lost again if it comes so highly recommended by you! I do tend to get the two confused since I read them back to back.  Is Paradise Lost after Lucifer's fall or does it have the war in heaven and the archangel Michael in it?
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« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2007, 02:02:39 am »

Hi Brooke

It starts out with the war in heaven and Lucifer being cast into the pit, and then he goes to Adam and Eve. One of the things thats cool about it is he tries to reconcile pagan beliefs with christianity and also tries to justify God to man.

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« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2007, 10:47:28 pm »

Very good poem, Unknown.  It may need a little tightening in the middle, but I thought that the ending was very effective.  I wouldn't change that.
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« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2007, 12:04:44 am »

Thanks Trent

I think I should probably try to shorten it, though I don't want to lose to many plot points
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« Reply #29 on: March 10, 2007, 02:09:56 am »

The epic poem is a lost art these days, it's nice to see someone reviving it, Unknown. 

My favorite all time epic poem would have to be Beowulf, all the Norse tales are under-rated.

I love your work, it recalls the masters, especially Poe.
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