The utilization of imagery is especially prevalent in epic poetry because of its oral tradition.Similes allowed the speaker to make a connection with his audience and render the story more vividly.Whatever topic you choose to write about, make sure it’s at least interesting to you, and you’ll do a great job.
These ten ideas are just a small sample of possible essay topics for the Iliad.
It’s such a rich, multifaceted, and expansive work that the possibilities are nearly endless.
Homer’s Iliad is remarkable, the essayists agree, for presenting warring sides with equal compassion.
As Weil writes, only the person 'who has measured the dominion of force, and knows how not to respect it', is capable of justice and love.—Greg Jackson, The Guardian The publication of Simone Weil's essay...[was] an event of great importance to those of us who read it.
Homer's diction in this context gives the impression that the Trojans may not understand why they are fighting, but are defending themselves to maintain dignity and honor.
In contrast to this stands the description of Diomedes in Book Five, Diomedes Fights the Gods: "...triple the fury seized him--claw-mad as a lion some shepherd tending woolly flocks in the field has just grazed, a lion leaping to the fold..as the ramping beast ma...
This is one of the most moving and original literary essays ever written.— Elizabeth Hardwick In the early months of the Second World War two brilliant and despairing French women of Jewish background each wrote an essay on the .
Weil's "The Iliad, or The Poem of Force," and Bespaloff's "On the Iliad" remain the twentieth century's most beloved, tortured, and profound responses to the world's greatest and most disturbing poem.
She composed her own distinctive discussion of the Iliad in the midst of World War II—calling it “her method of facing the war”—and, as Christopher Benfey argues in his introduction, the essay was very probably written in response to Weil.
Bespaloff’s account of the Iliad brings out Homer’s novelistic approach to character and the existential drama of his characters’ choices; it is marked, too, by a tragic awareness of how the Iliad speaks to times and places where there is no hope apart from war.