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  • 1. Epic Elements #1 Ms. Marshall-Krauss 8th Grade English HCMS
  • 2. Narrative
    • It is a long narrative poem.
    • The speaker is a narrator, telling a story.
  • 3. Setting
    • The setting is huge. It may be a sea, a region, the world, or a universe.
  • 4. Main Character
    • The main character, who is, or is capable of being, a hero.
  • 5. Invocation
    • Poet-narrator starts the poem by stating the tale’s subject and asking for poetic inspiration from a guiding spirit.
  • 6. In Medias Res (in the middle of things)
    • The narrator begins by telling the tale in the “middle of things,” describing what is happening after certain important events have already occurred.
  • 7. Writing
    • The invocation reveals what happens to Odysseus and his men. Does having this information affect your reading of the Odyssey ? Explain.