Epic Poetry - Notable Epic Poems - Modern Epics (from 1500)

Modern Epics (from 1500)

  • 16th century:
    • Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto (1516)
    • Os Lusíadas by Luís de Camões (c.1555)
    • La Araucana by Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga (1569–1589)
    • La Gerusalemme liberata by Torquato Tasso (1575)
    • Ramacharitamanasa (based on the Ramayana) by Goswami Tulsidas (1577)
    • Lepanto by King James VI of Scotland (1591)
    • Matilda by Michael Drayton (1594)
    • The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser (1596)
  • 17th century:
    • The Barons' Wars by Michael Drayton (1603; early version 1596 entitled Mortimeriados)
    • The Whole Works of Homer Prince of Poets by George Chapman (1616) a retelling of the Iliad and Odyssey in iambic rhyming couplets: the Iliad in iambic heptameter, and the Odyssey in iambic pentameter.
    • Les Tragiques by Agrippa D'Aubigné (1616)
    • The Purple Island by Phineas Fletcher (1633)
    • Biag ni Lam-ang by Pedro Bucaneg (1640)
    • Szigeti veszedelem, also known under the Latin title Obsidionis Szigetianae, a Hungarian epic by Miklós Zrínyi (1651)
    • Davideis by Abraham Cowley (c. 1668)
    • Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667)
    • Paradise Regained by John Milton (1671)
    • Wojna chocimska by Wacław Potocki (1672)
    • Prince Arthur by Richard Blackmore (1695)
    • King Arthur by Richard Blackmore (1697)
  • 18th century:
    • Kumulipo by Keaulumoku (1700) an Ancient Hawaiian cosmogonic genealogy first published in (1889)
    • Eliza by Richard Blackmore (1705)
    • Columbus by Ubertino Carrara (1714)
    • Redemption by Richard Blackmore (1722)
    • Henriade by Voltaire (1723)
    • La Pucelle d'Orléans by Voltaire (1756)
    • Alfred by Richard Blackmore (1723)
    • Utendi wa Tambuka by Bwana Mwengo (1728)
    • Leonidas by Richard Glover (1737)
    • Epigoniad by William Wilkie (1757)
    • The Highlander; by James Macpherson (1758)
    • The Works of Ossian by James MacPherson (1765)
    • O Uraguai by Basílio da Gama (1769)
    • Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire** by Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill (1773)
    • Der Messias by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1773)
    • Rossiada by Mikhail Matveyevich Kheraskov (1771–1779)
    • Vladimir by Mikhail Matveyevich Kheraskov (1785)
    • Athenaid by Richard Glover (1787)
    • Joan of Arc by Robert Southey (1796)
    • Hermann and Dorothea by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1797)
  • 19th century:
    • The Tale of Kiều by Nguyễn Du (1800?)
    • Thalaba the Destroyer by Robert Southey (1801)
    • The Lay of the Last Minstrel by Walter Scott (1805)
    • Madoc by Robert Southey (1805)
    • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (part 1 1806, part 2 c. 1833)
    • Columbiad by Joel Barlow (1807)
    • Milton: a Poem by William Blake (1804–1810)
    • Marmion (poem) by Walter Scott (1808)
    • The Lady of the Lake (poem) by Walter Scott (1810)
    • The Vision of Don Roderick by Walter Scott (1811)
    • The Curse of Kehama by Robert Southey (1810)
    • Rokeby and The Bridal of Triermain by Walter Scott (1813)
    • Queen Mab (poem) by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1813)
    • Roderick the Last of the Goths by Robert Southey (1814)
    • The Lord of the Isles by Walter Scott (1813)
    • Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1815)
    • The Revolt of Islam (Laon and Cyntha) by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1817)
    • Harold the Dauntless by Walter Scott (1817)
    • Endymion, (1818) by John Keats
    • The Battle of Marathon by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1820)
    • Hyperion, (1818), and The Fall of Hyperion, (1819) by John Keats
    • L'Orléanide, Poème national en vingt-huit chants, by Philippe-Alexandre Le Brun de Charmettes (1821)
    • Phra Aphai Mani by Sunthorn Phu (1821 or 1823–1845)
    • Don Juan by Lord Byron (1824)
    • Prometheus Bound by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1833)
    • Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz (1834)
    • Krst pri Savici by France Prešeren (1835)
    • The Seraphim by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1838)
    • Smrt Smail-age Čengića by Ivan Mažuranić (1846)
    • Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1847)
    • The Mountain Wreath by Petar II Petrović-Njegoš (1847)
    • Lazarica or Battle of Kosovo by Joksim Nović-Otočanin (1847)
    • Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot (1849 Finnish mythology)
    • Kalevipoeg by Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald (1853 Estonian mythology)
    • The Prelude by William Wordsworth
    • Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (1855)
    • The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1855)
    • Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1860)
    • La Fin de Satan by Victor Hugo (written between 1855 and 1860, published in 1886)
    • La Légende des Siècles (The Legend of the Centuries) by Victor Hugo (1859–1877)
    • The Ring and the Book by Robert Browning (1868-69)
    • Martín Fierro by José Hernández (1872)
    • Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson (c. 1874)
    • Clarel by Herman Melville (1876)
    • L'Atlàntida by Jacint Verdaguer (1877)
    • The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson (B.V.) (finished in 1874, published in 1880)
    • Eros and Psyche by Robert Bridges (1885)
    • Canigó by Jacint Verdaguer (1886)
    • Lāčplēsis ('The Bear-Slayer') by Andrejs Pumpurs (1888; Latvian Mythology)
    • The Wanderings of Oisin by William Butler Yeats (1889)
  • 20th century:
    • Lahuta e Malcís by Gjergj Fishta (composed 1902-1937)
    • Drake: An English Epic (1905–1908), The Torch-Bearers (1917–1930) by Alfred Noyes
    • The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton (1911)
    • Mensagem by Fernando Pessoa (composed 1913-1934)
    • The Cantos by Ezra Pound (composed 1915-1969)
    • Celebration of the Lizard by The Doors (composed 1965-1968)
    • The Hashish-Eater; Or, The Apocalypse of Evil by Clark Ashton Smith (1920)
    • The Bridge by Hart Crane (1930)
    • Kurukshetra(Epic Poem) (1946), Rashmirathi (1952), Urvashi (1961), Hunkar by Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar'
    • Savitri by Aurobindo Ghose (1950)
    • The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek verse, composed 1924-1938)
    • Dymer by C. S. Lewis (1926)
    • A Cycle of the West by John Neihardt (composed 1921-1949)
    • "A" by Louis Zukofsky (composed 1928-1968)
    • Paterson by William Carlos Williams (composed c.1940-1961)
    • Victory for the Slain by Hugh John Lofting (1942)
    • The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson (composed 1950-1970)
    • Libretto for the Republic of Liberia by Melvin B. Tolson (1953)
    • Aniara by Harry Martinson (composed 1956)
    • Mountains and Rivers Without End by Gary Snyder (composed 1965-1996)
    • Helen in Egypt by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) (1974)
    • The Changing Light at Sandover by James Merrill (composed 1976-1982)
    • The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You by Frank Stanford (published 1977)
    • Hindi: Lalita Ke Aansoo by Krant M. L. Verma (Published 1978)
    • The Legend of Te Tuna by Richard Adams (published 1982)
    • Omeros by Derek Walcott (1990)
    • The Levant by Mircea Cărtărescu (1990)
    • Astronautilía Hvězdoplavba by Jan Křesadlo (1995)
    • The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley (1996)
    • Cheikh Anta Diop: Poem for the Living by Mwatabu S. Okantah (1997)
    • The Folding Cliffs by W.S. Merwin (1998)
    • The Dream of Norumbega: Epic on the U.S. by James Wm. Chichetto (c. 1990; p. 2000- )
    • Cerulean Odyssey: Journey of a Long Distance Voyager. by Gerrit Verstraete (c. 2004-2012, 10 Volumes - the longest epic written in Canadian literary history, comprising 148,518 words and 27,548 lines)

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