Great Epics and Poems of World Literature
How do antiquity and modernity relate to each other in poetry is the key question of this free literature course.
Take this certificate on your own.
Start now and learn at your own pace.
CertificationView course modules
This free course will introduce you to the fundamentals of world literature so that you can define and comprehend it in a historical context. You will delve into the relationship between antiquity and modernity with regard to texts from around the world. In the western canon, you will explore the importance of ‘openness’ as found in the Old English narrative poem, ‘Beowulf’.
Then, you will be introduced to the challenges and possibilities for world literature, including the difficulties and modes of translation and how the practice of translation can be critically analyzed. Next, you will be taught the four main challenges in the context of world literature and be introduced to postmodern narrative elements, studying ‘fragmentation’ and ‘hypertextual references’ that are part of the work.
Finally, you will study the narrative technique used by Argentinian writer and universal literature theorist Jorge Luis Borges. Learn the story of a woman's tragedy and how the ‘old ways’ changed after the civil war in the American South in the 1860s. Start this free course now to boost your knowledge of the epic tales and poems of world literature today.Start Course Now
Great Epics of World Literature
Great Epics of World Literature - Learning Outcomes
Reading World Literature
The Epic of Gilgamesh and Beowulf - The Anglo Saxon Narrative Poem
The End of Beowulf and The Lusiads
Great Epics of World Literature - Lesson Summary
The Translation Practice and The Postmodern Narrative
The Translation Practice and The Postmodern Narrative - Learning Outcomes
The Challenges of Translation
The Idea of National Literature
An Introduction To The Work of Jorge Luis Borges
The Pioneering Work of Magical Realism
The Translation Practice and The Postmodern Narrative - Lesson Summary
Poems from World Literature
Poems from World Literature - Learning Outcomes
Borges and A Rose For Emily
The Changing Times
Poems and Sonnets of World Literature
The Human Existence
Poems from World Literature - Lesson Summary
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Explain the relationship between antiquity and modernity in terms of literature around the world
- Describe the political, historical and cultural dimensions of several literary works around the globe
- Explain the humanistic epic tale from a literary perspective
Explain the continuing interconnections and the interweaving of literature and cultures
- Discuss the practice of translation as a political act with geopolitical significance.
- Discuss the literary, cultural and political roles of translation
- Describe the native African forms and literary traditions, the multiples elements of imaginary and pictures that the story contains
- Analyze the similarities between William Shakespeare's and Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's sonnets, which both defy time and historical contexts
All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire an official Certificate, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certificate is:
Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning
Alison offers 3 types of Certificates for completed Certificate courses:
Digital Certificate - a downloadable Certificate in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
Certificate - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Certificate, posted to you with FREE shipping
Framed Certificate - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Certificate in a stylish frame, posted to you with FREE shipping
All Certificates are available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Certificates, please visit our FAQs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Certificate, you can still demonstrate your achievement by sharing your Learner Record or Learner Achievement Verification, both of which are accessible from your Dashboard. For more details on our Certificate pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.