What are the best epic poetry?

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    #1The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    Admired by the ancient Greek poets, one should have definitely got their hands on Homer's The Odyssey. It serves as the canon work in literature in which every man's journey through life was carefully and creatively narrated.

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    Eugene Jensen
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Odyssey is a classic. I'd say instant, but its been thousands of years, so clearly it isn't instant. However, even though it's that old, its not dated. Its still a fantastic story. Stop reading this and go buy it."
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    #2The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 

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    Hannah Tucker
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "There's no way that The Illiad could not make the list for best epic poetry. It's certainly one of the most influential poems and anyone - any student of literature, philosophy, history, language - just about anyone interested deepening their knowledge about our roots - should read this. I can't say enough about it. It can be work getting through the text (it's not always accessible without a bit of work), but the effort is worth it. I remember the first time reading this for class and then reading it again in grad school. My appreciation for the work has changed over the years, and deepened. It should be on everyone's shelf. "
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    #3Aeneid

    Aeneid

    Aeneid is an epic poem written by the well-known Roman poet, Virgil. Believed to be published between 29 and 19 BC, it tells the story of a Trojan named Aeneas, the ancestor of the Romans.

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    Craig Daniels
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "If you're looking for an epic poem, what better place to start than with one of the centuries old classics? This conversion is available both in print and digital, with digital being around 40% cheaper, and is of decent quality, although I imagine it might be a good idea to check around for free versions of public domain content to see if they are satisfactory before spending money here?"
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    #4Mahabharata

    Mahabharata
    Mahabharata by William Buck is the author's translation and presentation of Mahabharata, the ancient Indian epic poem about the struggle between the Kurus and the Pandavas. Originally in Sanskrit, it is considered as the longest epic ever.
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    Jane Medina
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Great read! Great story! Interesting Characters! Definitely a book worthy to read. Very readable version of this epic tale. The language is preserved though to keep intact the ancient quality of the text."
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    #5The Poetic Edda

    The Poetic Edda

    Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse anonymous poems containing mythic and spiritual verses focusing on Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. J. R. R. Tolkien reportedly used concepts from the Eddas to write his novel, The Hobbit.

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    Larry Bell
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "very interesting but i think there are a few better out there"
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    #6The Cantos of Ezra Pound

    The Cantos of Ezra Pound

    The Cantos of Ezra Pound is an epic poem book written by Ezra Pound. It was released in 1996 by New Directions. It includes the Italian Cantos LXXII and LXXIII. The work is accepted as one of the most important poems of the 20th century.

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    Christian Allen
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is middle of the road for me. It's not all that enjoyable, it's sort of dense and at times overstays its welcome. So why isn't it a zero? Well, I can't say I dislike it and for one reason or another I finished it, so there was obviously something there to tug me along the way."
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    #7The Bhagavad Gita

    The Bhagavad Gita
    The Bhagavad Gita is the ancient Indian book dated around 500 B.C. With 18 chapters in Sanskrit, it is about love, light, life, and the spiritual journey of the soul. This version is translated by Aksha Patel.
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    Kyle Fernandez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Because of my Viking heritage, I've always been fond of meandering, long poems. The Bhagavad Gita doesn't disappoint. Though it lacks much of the bloodshed and rainbow bridges I tend to enjoy, it's got enough sex and mysticism to keep me interested, especially when I'm blasted out of my mind!"
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    #8Don Juan

    Don Juan

    Don Juan is a poetry book written by Lord Byron and edited by A. Willis. It was originally published in the 1800s. It is about a man and his extraordinary life filled with adventures, both enjoyable and sad.

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    Jason Stephens
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Don Juan is a classic example of epic poetry. There just isn't any writing today that really matches this style and I really enjoyed this book. I love the blend of drama, satire and just so many other elements this story really has them all and is a permanent resident on my bookshelf."
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    #9Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost contains John Milton's most celebrated epic poems that entail the cosmological and spiritual origins of man's existence. This book tackles and exposes some of the sensitive issues of Christianity.

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    Nancy Weaver
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Ahhh, an exploration of the existence of man's spiritual origin written by a man in fear of execution who had already lost his eyes. You can't get much better than this! I love this classic book of poems that dive deep into man's spirituality with no holds barred. It makes you think about things in a new way."
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    #10Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.

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    Tejas Patil
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I read Beowulf recently and this book knocked my socks off! I had heard of Beowulf most of my life but had never taken the time to read it. I thought the text was too long and not a fun read. This new translation of Beowulf, however, is exactly what I was looking for. This is an epic tale that follows Beowulf as he saves the Danish people from a Grendel, a horrible and awesomely powerful monster. This is just the beginning of this epic tale!! If you’ve been scared off by reading Beowulf before I still recommend you read this new translation. It really was a readable translation for today. I loved it!"
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    #11The Faerie Queene

    The Faerie Queene
    The Faerie Queene is a class fantasy epic poetry written by Edmund Spenser in 1950, edited by Thomas P. Roche and C. Patrick O'Donnell. With over 1,000 pages, this book was published in 1978 by Penguin Classic.
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    Victoria Delgado
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I liked that this has been modernized a little bit with the spellings and verbage to make it easier to absorb. It's a rather large book so you definitely get your money's worth. This makes a great addition to any book or poetry collection."
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    #12Metamorphoses

    Metamorphoses

    The poems of Ovid bring us a collection of mythological tales about the idea of the transformation as a result of love or lust, and the beginning of the World and the deification of Emperor Augustus. 

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    Susan Brewer
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Metamorphoses is a true classic that is surprisingly readable. I was not only able to absorb these stories, bit able to truly enjoy them. If there was a genre for epic poetry, Ovid's work would be top of the list!"

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Best What are the best epic poetry
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)Books 44 Paid
2The IliadBooks 41 Paid
3AeneidBooks 39 Paid
4MahabharataBooks 35 Paid
5The Poetic EddaBooks 32 Paid
6The Cantos of Ezra PoundBooks 30 Paid
7The Bhagavad GitaBooks 27 Paid
8Don JuanBooks 27 Paid
9Paradise LostBooks 24 Paid
10Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationBooks 23 Paid
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