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Characteristics of an Epic Poem

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Em Clark

on 19 February 2014

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Transcript of Characteristics of an Epic Poem

Characteristics of an Epic Poem
Element Two
The hero performs deeds of superhuman strength and valor.
These deeds are obstacles a real human could not perform.
Element Five
Epic poems contain a sustained elevation.
Usually overwritten and overly formal.
epic poem
is a long poem, typically derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds a adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation
Element One
The plot is centered around a hero of unbelievable stature.
An epic hero accomplishes what everyone only attempts.
The hero is usually protected by a god or God.
Element Three
A vast setting including land, sea, underworld, and through space or time is typical of and epic poem.
Element Four
Epic poems contain supernatural and/or otherworldly forces.
Some of these include gods, demons, angels, time/space travel, and cheating death.
Element Six
In an epic poem the poet remains objective and omniscient.
The narrator sees and knows all and presents all perspectives.
Conglomeration of pre-existing stories and characters
Originate orally
Loosely based around historical characters or events
Set in mythological time, traditionally in the past
Overall epic poems are stories of legendary heroes possessing godlike characteristics on courageous journeys across distant lands.
Usually long in length and formal.
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