Arms and the muse

Rama Rao, M. (1958) Arms and the muse. Half – Yearly Journal of the Mysore University: Section A- Arts, 17 (2). pp. 68-102.

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According to a popular conception no two professions are so much opposed to each other as those of the warrior and the poet. The former is supposed to be a practical-minded man of action while the latter is generally considered a mere dreamer who takes the first opportunity to escape into a world of fancy and fiction. But this difference is more apparent than real. For the history of literature reveals that since the infancy of mankind the poet has not only been closely associated with warriors but that his earliest songs were actually inspired by war or the desire for war. The popular ballads of all countries, according to scholars, were sung by tribal warriors who returned from battles triumphant or crest-fallen. They gave pointed expression either to the exultation of the victorious party or to the lamentation of the defeated one. The epic poems which eventually emanated from these ballads deal with heroic subject matter; they give us a picture of what is known as the Heroic Age.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities and Fine Arts > Language and Literature > English
Divisions: PG Campuses > Manasagangotri, Mysore > English
Depositing User: Kruthi M.S
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 05:07
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2013 05:07

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