The Nephiad: An epic poem in twelve books

Constructed Around A Key Episode In The Book Of Mormon, The Nephiad Blends The Rigidly Defined Structures And Grand Style Of The Renaissance Epic Poem With Modern Day Scripture To Re Create A Genre That Is At Once Uplifting And Compelling Gideon Burton Calls It A Unique Contribution To Mormon Literature.The Nephiad: An epic poem in twelve books

Michael Robert Collings is an American author, poet, literary critic, and bibliographer, and a former professor of creative writing and literature at Pepperdine University He was Poet in Residence at Pepperdine s Seaver College from 1997 2000.Collings has had multiple collections of his poetry published on subjects such as Latter Day Saint theology, Joseph Smith, Christmas, science fiction, and h

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  • Paperback
  • 174 pages
  • The Nephiad: An epic poem in twelve books
  • Michael R. Collings
  • 23 October 2017
  • 9781886405523

9 thoughts on “The Nephiad: An epic poem in twelve books

  1. says:

    Collings does a number of things with the epic genre He uses framed tales He contemporizes e.g., references to Beowulf, Lord of the Rings, etc He uses blank verse He includes heroic epithets to maintain the meter and to characterize He alludes regularly to both the classical and Christian myths.Some things he doesn t do He does not begin in medias res He does not tell a founding tale overtly, although it would have been quite easy to do He does not have a descent.Picking the main action of the retrieval of the brass plates and the slaying of Laban is certainly an interesting choice.Collings characterizations are unfortunately rather flat and cliche Laman and Lemuel have no sympathetic qualities His interpolations are interesting, particularly the portrayal of the Spirit whispering to Nephi to kill Laban Overall, the ideas are creative but not very innovative The poem is deriva...

  2. says:

    This is a title to appeal to a very, very small audience an epic poem, written in Miltonic style, about Nephi s quest to obtain the Brass Plates I admit that my eyes did glaze over in parts it s best read in brief 5 6 page chunks , but I very much enjoyed the mix of classical and biblical allusions with archaic words and usages and multiple even multitudinous digressions and yes...

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