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The First Epic Poem: The Descent of Inanna

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In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle travels back over four millennia to find the oldest surviving epic poem

What’s the oldest epic poem in the world? Did it all begin with Homer’s Iliad? In one sense, we can grant this as an acceptable proposition, but if we wish to trace the true origins of ‘the epic’ as a literary form, we need to go back considerably further into the very hazy early years of literary history.

For the epic began in the Middle East with works like The Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a Sumerian king who possesses seemingly inhuman strength and who meets his match in the mysterious figure of Enkidu; this poem also, notably, features the Flood motif we also find in the Book of Genesis. But even Gilgamesh wasn’t the first epic. That honour should probably go to

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“Double Acrostic” – Lewis Carroll

On May 20, 1871, Lewis Carroll sent the following poem to Mabel and Emily Kerr of Canada. The poem was titled “Double Acrostic”. Can you figure out where the acrostics are? Thanks, thanks, fair Cousins, for your gift So swiftly borne to Albion’s isle — Though angry waves their crests uplift Between our shores, for […]

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Clink on the link to read the poem. (I found MABEL, but not EMILY!) 

Freethinkers, echo chambers and the cult of personality in conservation — James Common

Just as it is in politics, the cult of personality is alive and well in the environmental field. Just as the charisma, views, values and outlooks of notable politicians – Trump, Corbyn, Merkel – shapes our political ideologies, so do the same features mould and sculpt our views on environmental issues. Influencing everything from our […]

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Jaywick – Into the salt flats – 3 — Journeys Through Pre-World War 3 Britain

The Jaywick saga continues as we trek through the Colne Point nature reserve and check out the desolate land between the the two towns. Running to find something. Colne Point. Dead crabs on the dirty ground. Block jumping. Discovering a world war two pillbox. We pushed on until the grass verge turned back to sea […]

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Jaywick – Leaving this old town – 2 — Journeys Through Pre-World War 3 Britain

In this instalment, we head into the surrounding marshland and salt flats to the south of Jaywick. Eating somewhere old. Exploring somewhere new. A journey begins. The Heart of Marshness. 8.6.2013 17:47 The Seafisher’s Hand is an old seaside restaurant south of Jaywick, furnished with the type of tables and chairs you’d find in […]

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