Epic Idea Vocabulary

By: Jamie Minehart

Epic

Definition: 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.

Sentence: Richmond Lattimore wrote a Epic.

Example: The Iliad of Homer

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Archetype

Definition: a recurrent symbol or motif (distinctive feature) in literature

Sentence: Heros are archetype because they are shown in many different pieces of literature.

Example: caregiver

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Allusion

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

Sentence: An Allusion is something that not really there.

Example: "His nose is growing like Pinocchio's.

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Homeric Simile/Extended Metaphor

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

Sentence: Homeric similes are the comparing of 2 thing.

Example: "Bobby Holloway says my imagination is a three-hundred ring circus".

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Epithet

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

Sentence: People calling Catherine the great is an epithet.

Example: Catherine the Great

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Frame Story

Definition: a story within a story

Sentence: Frankenstein is a frame story.

Example: Frankenstein

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