93. C.S. Lewis and Epic Poetry

93. C.S. Lewis and Epic Poetry

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Our heroes are prepping for a big discussion of *The Odyssey*. It turns out their old nemesis (?) C.S. Lewis had lots to say about epic poetry, so they begin there. Also they answer a listener query about their *Remains of the Day* episode. A certain important Pastor who is a Master of Reading is notably absent from this episode, but we promise this will NOT become a thing.

03:00 Donor Shout-out
06:49 Brad asks about *Remains of the Day*
18:37 Exciting announcement!
19:15 The best thing C.S. Lewis ever wrote
21:30 Preface to *Preface to Paradise Lost*
22:15 Lewis recap
25:00 How to judge an work
34:00 What’s an epic?
37:00 No, seriously, what’s an epic?
40:58 Poets use common vernacular
42:50 Ritual
44:00 Glory and fate
46:05 What’s missing from Homer
49:10 Aside about T.S. Eliot
50:46 Imagination boasters
52:55 The repetitions

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Nathan Alberson is co-founder and creative director of Warhorn Media. He hosts three podcasts—The Bookening, The World We Made, and Sound of Sanity.


Brandon Chasteen has a Phd. Abd of English literature, although now he works in land and oil. He's a down-home-Texas boy-made-good who just happens to know everything about literature and literary history and literary theory. He podcasts for The Bookening.

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