Kalevala Essay

This Study Guide consists of approximately 89 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Kalevala.
This section contains 1,071 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Kalevala Study Guide

In the following excerpt, Magoun notes ways that the Kalevala is significantly different from most national epics, and proposes that first-time readers of this work abandon the usual approach of a straight-through reading and instead read different sections or story cycles almost at random. He identifies several sections that stand well on their own and repay suck an approach.

Again and again the Kalevala has been described as the national heroic epic of the Finnish people, a description which, at least outside Finland, has tended to do the work a certain disservice by raising expectations that the reader is not likely to find fulfilled, regardless of what else he may find that is richly rewarding at a poetical, folkloristic, or ethnographic level. Any talk about a national heroic epic is bound to evoke thoughts of the Greek Iliad and Odyssey, the Old French Chanson de Roland, or the...

(read more)

This section contains 1,071 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Kalevala Study Guide
Copyrights
Epics for Students
Kalevala from Epics for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.