jrovira at drew.edu
Sun Sep 5 12:29:16 EDT 2004
Ha -- it probably isn't wise to overlook these elements of the epic
battle between the gods, or between angels/demons. Don't forget Daniel,
too, where specific angelic/demonic forces were identified as rulers
over specific areas.
Walthall, Hugh W CONTRACTOR WRAIR-Wash DC wrote:
> Who fights whom in Western Epic Poetry is a fun subject. I suspect it
> is pretty much a ratings game, like scheduling the contestants in
> ProWrestling. Certainly all of the outcomes seem as “fixed” as any
> lurid pay-per-view “Smack-Down”. Sometimes the opponent is not
> human(oid), the Blatant Beast in Spencer, the Endriago of Amadis deGaul,
> the Alien v. Predator thing. Homer is often (still) the most
> sophisticated in this regard—sometimes the opponent is a God disguised
> as Ajax, sometimes Patrokolos in an Achilles costume. You can bet the
> farm that Milton knew all these clashes by heart…not to mention Virgil &
> That Moloch has one meaning of “KING” would also be a substantial clue
> as to why Gabe himself has to bust a cap in his ass. Gabriel seems to
> have had a better time against Moloch than Allen Ginsberg did, alas.
> For a deep reading of these evil v good combats I recommend Angus
> Fletcher’s Allegory: Theory of a Symbolic Mode (Ithaca, 1964).
> Hugh Walthall
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