The Reception Of Homer's Iliad

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The Reception of Homer’s Iliad

Homer, “the father of poetry” was greatly influential not only in the history of Greek and western cultural, but also in the modern literature, that his works are still significant to our civilization. The study of reuse and reconfiguration of classical literature, art and ideas by later artists and thinkers is called reception. Many poets, authors and thinkers who re-made classical works took an episode from Homer’s Iliad as their inspiration, for example: Dante’s Divine comedy (which was written in Italian in the fourteenth century), Milton’s Paradise Lost (which was written in English in the seventeenth century), Virgil’s Aeneid (which was written in Latin in the first century BCE), Joseph Conrad’s
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Iliad has been reworked and translated to many other languages. It is considered as an extra ordinary poem that carries a key place in the literature canon. Iliad was written by homer as a canonical work, because of its length, narrative plotting, and literary features: rhyme and rhythm, and dramatic effects on the audience. Homer wrote the Iliad as a poem of about 15,000 lines. The poem speaks about Greek history; Greece wasn’t a single political entity in ancient times, but it consisted of city states, which fought wars with each other. The poem, Iliad, helped the ancient city states of Greece to unite and become one country with a common culture. The Iliad is one of the most canonical products of ancient Greek civilization; it has the theme of authority and literary canon. The characters of the Iliad, who are the great heroes, Greeks, Trojan leaders, and gods immortalized in myth (as described) are stronger, braver and more beautiful than those of the present day because they were important figures in their society. Iliad talks about the Trojan War, which took place in 1184 BCE, and lasted for 10 years. Therefore, the…show more content…
The poem was published on the front page of the Irish times at a key stage in Northern Ireland’s history. It is considered as an epic poem, inspired from an episode of Homer’s Iliad. Thus, we can say that ceasefire breathes fresh life into homer into a new light full of emotion and contemporary resonance. The poem ceasefire is a remarking of about 200 lines of verse from Homer’s Iliad book 24. Ceasefire reforms the relationships between translation and new work, and between English and Irish literary. Ceasefire is where the modern and ancient contexts illuminate each other in a dynamic way. It was written when there were rumors that the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland was on the verge of declaring a cessation of hostilities. Catholic wanted Northern Ireland to be part of the Irish, while the Protestant wanted it to remain as a part of the United Kingdom. This tension continued to the 21st century. The nature, war and peace are the themes of this poetry which revolves the place and chronology. Longley focus on only three characters: Achilles, Priam and Hector but in the end of his poem we didn’t know who this characters and what was the relationship between them, and he also gave us few details about time and place. Ceasefire makes us feel the realities of this terms with grief and
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