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Epic Characteristics

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Epic Characteristics

  1. 1. What is an epic?<br />
  2. 2. Definition<br />A long narrative poem that celebrates a hero’s deeds<br />
  3. 3. Not…<br />
  4. 4. Epic Characteristics<br />Hero is legendary<br />Someone of noble birth<br />Performs deeds that require great courage and strength<br />Uses formal diction and serious tone<br />Definition?<br />Reflects timeless values and universal themes<br />Hero also has characteristics that reflect on ideals of society<br />
  5. 5. More epic characteristics:<br />Vast setting<br />
  6. 6. Supernatural beings<br />
  7. 7. Characteristics of OE Epic<br />Caesura<br />A pause that divides a line of verse<br />Maintains rhythm of poem<br />Example:<br />"Hwæt! We Gardena " || "in gear-dagum,"<br />Kenning<br />Metaphorical compound word <br />Takes place of a simple noun<br />Example:<br />Mankind’s enemy<br />
  8. 8. And of course…<br />Alliteration<br />Definition?<br />Example:<br />“Smashing their shining swords, their bloody, / Hammer-forged blades onto boar-headed helmets” (403-405).<br />
  9. 9. Can you think of any modern day epics?<br />

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