Narrative poetry is certainly among the oldest poetic forms, though wouldn’t it be so fun if concrete poems were also among the oldest poems? A 40,000 year-old poem on a cave wall in the shape of a bison would make me very pleased, indeed. Among the most well known of the oldies are the Greek poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, both epic narrative poems. The Iliad, set during the final weeks of the Trojan War and the Greek takeover of the city of Troy, has over 15,000 lines. The Odyssey, another epic poem about the ten year journey of Odysseus trying to make it back home to his wife and son (and you think you’ve got problem?) weighs in at a relatively slim 12,000 plus lines. Note, there are hyperlinks if you would like to do your stop, drop, and read a poem. You may be down for the count for quite some time. Begin The Iliad, if you dare, on page 73 and by page 838, you can say fín!