The Epic Of Gilgamesh, By Yusef Komunyakaa

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The epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest heroic epics . It plays a important role throughout the human history. Written between 2150-1400 BCE, the Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic is seen as the greatest legacy of the ancient Mesopotamian culture. It has been translated into hundreds of languages and spread all around the world. Thousands of versions and adaptations were made since we found the charm of this poetic work. In 2006, theatre producer Chad Gracia and poet Yusef Komunyakaa presented us with a new adaptation – Gilgamesh: A Verse Play. The play follows the standard version of the epic. At the same time, to adapt the epic to the modern society and culture, Komunyakaa also made some innovations and changes to the original epic. First of all, the plot of the play is faithful to the original. Komunyakaa found a balance between original and innovation. In general, the storyline of the play is similar to the standard version. The main characters are Gilgamesh, a great semi-god hero and king, and his friend Enkidu. Like the original epic, the play focuses on their conflict, their friendship and their final destiny. But we should also realize that the genre of this work is play, so Komunyakka made some changes to the storyline. Firstly, some subplots are omitted while some are added. And the order of events is slightly modified. As a result, the story of the play is more touching and dramatic and the entire play became more accessible to modern audiences and readers. For

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