we Write On The Epic Elements In The Proud King By William Morris ~ Naija Poets



NECO JUNE/JULY 2016 QUESTION:-
Write on the epic elements in "The Proud King" by William Morris.

ANSWER:-
What Is Epic? According to the dictionary of English language, an epic is an extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a deity or demigod (heroic epic) or other legendary or traditional hero.

Judging by the totality of the poem, its form is truly epic. It holds a long detailed narration of more than 840 lines about Jovinian (a very proud king) who because of his riches, worldly respect and status, became very proud to humanity and God. He lost his status and recognition within a twinkle of an eye but regained it after days of shameful experiences accompanied with sincere repentance.
Another epic element of the poem "The Proud King" by William Morris can be found in the poem's setting and diction. The poem's setting is far behind this period, it belongs to the period when monarchy is supreme, the period when horse riding is for the royals, the period when hunting is a royal delight. The problem of the proud king began when he rode his horse out on a fun hunting expedition. The diction likewise shows epic element with the poet's use of old English language "...everything thou hast to say" though the rhythm and the rhyme scheme are carefully chosen.

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