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Epic vs. Lyric

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Lacy Duvall

on 28 October 2013

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Transcript of Epic vs. Lyric

Epic versus Lyric
Epic Poem
The Epic poem is a type of narrative. It will usually include story elements.
Length
A lyric poem is usually less than a page long.
Length
Epic poems are usually quite long, much longer than lyric poems, which are short by definition. The most famous epic poems, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey," both written by Homer, are as long as a contemporary novel..
Length
Purpose
The purpose of an epic poem is to show us the exploits of a particular hero or set of heroes. It usually involves important elements of history and can spread across several countries and periods of time or across different planes of existence (for example, "The Divine Comedy" by Dante takes place in heaven and hell.
Purpose
Main Character
The epic poem is often written from a third-person perspective, with a writer describing the exploits of a hero at the center of the action. For example, Achilles is the hero at the center of "The Iliad," and Odysseus is the hero of the epic poem "The Odyssey."
Main Character
Lyric Poem
A Lyric poem is not a story. Lyric poetry, though often in forms (such as the sonnet), may also be written in free verse with lines that do not rhyme. A lyric poem is a poem in which a single speaker presents a state of mind or an emotional state. Lyric poetry retains some of the elements of song which is said to be its origin: For Greek writers the lyric was a song accompanied by the lyre
A lyric poem is usually focused on an individual
Main Character
A lyric poem is usually focused on an individual emotion or experience.
Purpose
Epic vs. Lyric
"Epic and lyric poems describe two of the most common and well-known types of literature. By better understanding the ways that these types of poetry differ, readers in general and students who are studying these types of works can not only identify an epic or a lyric but can also better understand the meaning and purpose of these styles." theclassroom.com
Epic: "Paul Revere's Ride"
Lyric: "Mourning Grace" and "Exiled"
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