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gilgameshV3 - Eric Carlson HC221H CRN16256 Verse Prose and...

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Eric Carlson 10/02/07 HC221H, CRN16256 Verse, Prose and Their Distinctions in the Epic of Gilgamesh Eric Carlson The Epic of Gilgamesh is the first known epic poem ever recorded in a non-pictographic form. Its antiquity rises from the time it was written, ca. 2500 to 1500 BCE. With this age, however, came the inherent shortcomings of preservation. The standard version, stabilized around 650 BCE and written in Cuneiform, was heavily fragmented and damaged. Cuneiform was never translated into the languages that replaced it which causes uncertainty and need for interpretation in some of the passages. Nonetheless, several recent translations offer a slightly different interpretation and form of the text. Examined here is a prose example, translated by N. K. Sandars, and a verse version by Benjamin R. Foster. While both similarly tell the story, they offer a sharp contrast which shows how even slight changes in way the sentences are structured, and how use of repetition can reinforce a passage’s gravity. This example is taken from the first few lines of the last paragraph in the prologue and is
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