Wild Ossian - Trey Mouch Wild Ossian There is an intangible...

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Trey Mouch Wild Ossian There is an intangible style to the Ossian texts that gives them uniqueness. This quality is made up of specific story patterns and rhetorical devices. While presented in a different way, Sydney Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl shares some of the parts that make up this Ossianic style, a style which we will call epic. Obviously this is an ambiguous term that simply describes the overall feeling of a piece. In order to analyze this style however, we must first at least loosely define it. First piece may be considered epic if it has extraordinary characters, places, events, etc… Also epic pieces must strive to leap out of the confines of their binding and into the realm of real values and relevance to humanity. Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey became one of the first epic pieces by describing the many various woes of human nature; Dante’s Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso were radical political and social commentary; Milton’s Paradise Lost was a masterful introspective look at the Human soul. Many works of fiction have meaning, but epics have a more timeless and universal quality to them that we will explore in The Wild Irish Girl and the Ossian texts.
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