Odyssey IDE Literary Terms

Victoria Pennington

Epic

a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.

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Thanking God is an excellent example of an Epic, thanking an epic hero our God.

Archetype

a recurrent symbol or motif (distinctive feature) in literature

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The fairy godmother isa a symbol of an archetype because she guides and directs Cinderella.

Allusion

an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference

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My backpack felt like a ton of bricks.

Homeric Simile/ Extended Metaphor

figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another in the style of Homer or the epic poems

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The game is fitting because you have to wait until dawn to play.

Epithet

descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned

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This photo is very descriptive because it specifies the type of baby.

Frame Story

a story within a story

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