Epithets & Epic Similes

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  • way too many words per slide; read Resonate by Nancy Duarte
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  • Thaks for a great and kid accessible presentation!

    One thing: The Epic Similes DO NOT necessarily use like or as. No collegiate or scholarly resource uses this definition.
    (1) This is absolutely dependent upon the translation;
    (2) High Shcool Curriculum weans students away from 'tricks' or 'shortcuts' learned in earlier grades and holds them accountable for understanding the 'nature' of what they are learning. In this case, a simile--specifically, an epic simile--is a comparison of UNLIKE THINGS for purposes of comparison.
    Although many similes DO use like or as, it is not necessary. Collegiate and scholarly resources do not include this 'clue' in their definitions.
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Epithets & Epic Similes

  1. 1. Epithets and Epic Similes The Odyssey by Homer PowerPoint by Erin Salona
  2. 2. Epithets <ul><li>brief descriptive phrases </li></ul><ul><li>characterize a person or thing </li></ul><ul><li>sometimes set off by commas </li></ul><ul><li>used to help the rhapsode & listener better remember details </li></ul>
  3. 3. Epithets <ul><li>Examples of Epithets: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Odysseus, master mariner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grey-eyed Athena </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Muse, daughter of Zeus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the ocean, the winedark sea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rosy-fingered dawn </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Epithets <ul><li>TASK: Create an epithet for your own name. Consider what you like to do, who your parents are, and what you are best known for. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Epic Similes <ul><li>also known as the Homeric Simile </li></ul><ul><li>uses like or as </li></ul><ul><li>comparison between two things </li></ul><ul><li>an elaborate version of a regular simile </li></ul>
  6. 6. Epic Similes <ul><li>Homer uses these similes for emphasis </li></ul><ul><li>Example: “She brushed it away from his skin as lightly as when a mother </li></ul><ul><li>Brushes a fly away from her child who is lying in sweet sleep.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Epic Similes <ul><li>Example: “And Odysseus </li></ul><ul><li>let the bright molten tears run down his cheeks, weeping the way a wife mourns for her lord on the lost field where he has gone down fighting” - Book 8 </li></ul><ul><li>What is being compared? </li></ul>

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