Creation of an epic – 23

There are many phases to the creation of a large work—or, for that matter, of any serious work:  the shock of revelation that provokes the need to create the artistic response; the period when the artist explores or gropes for, the implications of the provocation; the determination of the form…

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Creation of an epic – 21

But despite outlines and timetables, the epic developed its own life.  For example, new characters whom I had not anticipated suddenly appeared.  In the siege of a mountain fortress, a character emerged in the process—as the fortress was in the throes of being destroyed, Odysseus’ son Telemachus discovered a girl…

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