An heroic poem (truly such) is undoubtedly the greatest work which the soul of man is capable to perform.
Carlyle says: "No life of a man faithfully recorded but is a heroic poem."
Let him who would write heroic poems make his life a heroic poem.
His subject is not that of a heroic poem, properly so called.
Scarcely since the days of Homer has the feat been equaled; indeed, in many senses this also is a kind of heroic poem.
His Davideis is an heroic poem on the troubles of King David.
He knew that whoever would write a heroic poem must first live a heroic life.
As for Mr Milton, whom we all admire with so much justice, his subject is not that of an heroic poem, properly so called.
As for Mr. Milton, whom we all admire with so much justice, his subject is not that of an heroic poem, properly so called.
But, after all these advantages, an heroic poem is certainly the greatest work of human nature.