The Iliad And The Odyssey

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An Influential Poem
The Iliad is a poem that provides important stories with insight into early human society. It was an ancient story written centuries ago about two civilizations that battled against each other. “The Iliad tells the story of the clash of two great civilizations, and the effects of war on both the winners and losers” (Homer 222). In addition to its influence on Greek poetry, the Iliad is a great Homeric epic that has long helped shape critical schools of thought. It is not exactly clear who the originator of the Iliad is, or whether it was composed by more than one person. However, it is suggested that Homer wrote the poem down while motivated by a singular poetic vision. “Homer is the name that has come through the centuries as the author of the two earliest surviving poetic works of ancient Greece, the Iliad and the Odyssey” (Beye). Most scholars and authors agree that Homer is one of the greatest poets who ever lived. He was often called, the “holy poet” by other authors. He was given this nickname because he established with the view of mankind that was satisfying to his audience.
Homer remains as one of the most influential poets’ in history. “The influence of Homer is felt down through the centuries, in Dante and Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton; such is his power that men who read no word of Greek and who had no access to translations spoke of Homer and his epics with deep reverence. After 2,700 years, it remains unsurpassed as the West 's

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