Creation of an epic – 18

Another example from Archer shows   a poem based on a strikers’ song in 1932 during the Winnipeg Riot: On the Trek   In ’32 the plan was hatched That McNaughton had laid Set up camps for the unemployed To make sure no one strayed Relief camps they now would be…

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Creation of an epic – 17

For example, here is an example from Archer of what he imagined at the site of the Battle of Batoche as shown through the form of a Nineteenth Century literary ballad: Nor does this quiet nestled place Reveal the shift so wrenched Through battle in our country’s dawn That territories…

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Creation of an epic – 16

As a director and actor, I had no problem after initial research imagining character and situation in the context of where they are and in light of the technical conditions of setting, lighting, and the theatre itself.  Now, what I had envisioned from a script I had to create from…

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Creation of an epic – 15

It is not a full effort to research a project, regardless of time.  It is a greater effort to find the structure.  But the ultimate effort is in creating the work.  In this case I had, not one, but three stories to tell, spanning three thousand years; and, given that…

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Creation of an epic – 14

And the same applies to the third story—that of Ray Archer.  Whereas the first two dealt with a mythical figure and an historical figure, this final one is entirely fictional.  He also lives in Canada, with his adventures located first in Canada, not far in the past, around 2005 to…

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Creation of an epic – 13

And that start also applied to the other two journeys. Spenser’s was particularly interesting.  What we know about him is very little, forcing biographers to make cautious surmises—but I discuss this in my introduction in Book Two.  A huge amount of research had to go in all aspects of Elizabethan…

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Creation of an epic – 12

What now? Research.  Lots and lots of research.  For Odysseus, not only the myths associated with him but the nature of Greece three thousand years ago in the Mycenean Age—what the whole of the area was like then, what cities and towns there were, what life was like, and what…

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Creation of an epic – 11

The epic form had been chosen because the themes that emerged from the insight into Spenser’s attitudes were deep enough to require sufficient scope. The idea then struck me:  if these themes are so fundamental, then the work should cover a great span of time to show that what we…

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Creation of an epic – 10

So far it would seem that the process was logical and step by step.  But of course, it wasn’t. It took several years of thrashing about, gaining insights through reading in all directions at once, and at the same time preoccupied with innumerable projects—acting in a number of plays, finishing,…

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Creation of an epic – 9

What form, then, could contain the scope of these ideas? The epic poem came into mind. I thought about the great epics of the past.  Still read today, The Iliad and The Odyssey cover the Trojan War and its aftermath, creating vivid characters and situations deep with meaning.  Rome had…

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