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poetry whose main function is to tell a story. Like fiction, narrative poems have plots, characters, setting, and point-of-view.
(Illiad, Beowulf) were originally intended for public recitation and existed in oral form for a long period of time b/f transcribed. Little or nothing is known about the authors of folk epics
(Dante's Inferno) differ from folk epics in that they are products of known authors who wrote their poems for publication
generally are shorter narratives with song-like qualities that often include rhyme and repeated refrains
composed to be chanted at religious rituals by a chorus /sometimes described as "dramatic poetry" / persona is an invented character not to be indentified with the poetry. Presented as a speech or dialogue that might be acted out
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