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Transcript of Epic Poetry
Often the is the subject of a legend or national hero
Is presented with tremendous strength, heroism and courage
Embodies cultural values
Not perfect, usually has flaws or makes questionable decisions that can cause challenges on journey
The setting of epic poetry covers several nations, the whole world, or even the entire universe.
The setting can be a combination of real and fictional places.
Action and Events
Although the action and events that take place are
, the stories provide an explanation for some of the circumstances or events in the history of a nation or people.
" ...dwell in shining Ithaca. There is a mountain there,
high Neriton, covered in forests. Many islands
lie around it, very close to each other,
Doulichion, Same, and wooded Zacynthos–
but low-lying Ithaca is farthest out to sea,
towards the sunset, and the others are apart, towards the dawn and sun.
It is rough, but it raises good men."
-The Odyssey, Homer
What is an Epic Poem?
Epic poems are extended narrative poems, that tell about the travels, adventures and heroic endeavors that usually centers around one main character, known as the epic hero.
Epic poetry is part of the traditional literature genre of literature, as it likely originated from the 20th - 10th century BC with The Epic of Gilgamesh.
Conventions of Epic Poetry
Poem begins with
which means "to call upon" -
"Sing in me muse and through me tell the story..." (The Odyssey)
"in medias res"
(in the middle of things)
"As _______ so _________"
"Aeneas the true," "tall-masted ship"
Long, formal speeches by important characters
Lofty, elevated writing style with sophisticated language
: three attempts made, etc.
Introduction to Epic Poetry
Grade 7 English Language Arts
Gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures often play a role in the challenges and outcome(s) for the epic hero.
Odysseus in Homer's Book V of The Odyssey
Aeneas Flees Burning Troy, Fredrico Barocci, 1598
from the Roman Epic Poem, The Aeneid
Conventions of Epic Poetry
Almost all epic poems share the following characteristics
North Shore of Ithaca