Epic

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mathlover1
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53795
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Epic
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2010-12-06 18:00:59
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english classical literature epic
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Definition of 'epic' and 'epic simile'. Includes characteristics & conventions of epic, & an example of epic simile.
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  1. Epic (def)
    long & formal narrative poem written in an elevated style about a hero's adventures of almost mythic proportions which includes traits of a nation or people
  2. Epic (Characteristics) (5)
    • Protagonist (hero)
    • Setting (grand)
    • Plot (amazing, sometimes superhuman efforts)
    • Supernatural entities involved
    • Showcases characters & their actions in elevated style
  3. Epic (Conventions) (4)
    • invoking the Muse
    • starting in medias res (in the middle of the story)
    • characters introduced w/ speeches that show their character
    • uses epic simile
  4. epic simile (def.)

    ex. Homer's Odyssey: Book V, lines 394-398
    long & fancy simile where the tenor (subject) is nearly obscured by the vehicle (the thing which describes the subject)

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