Epic Definition

Poetry Definition of Epic

An extensive, serious poem that tells the story about a heroic figure. A broadly defined genre of poetry, and one of the major forms of narrative literature. It retells in a continuous narrative the life and works of a heroic or mythological person or group of persons.


  • The Iliad, ascribed to Homer (Greek mythology)
  • The Odyssey, ascribed to Homer (Greek mythology)
  • Top 5 Epic Poem Examples

    PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
    Premium Member Poem REFLECTION A , SKAT Epicabuse, death, epic, for
    Black Diamond Night A , Poet Destroyer Epicbody, death, epic, history,
    The Best Poem Ever A , Poet Destroyer Epicdeath, epic, words, heart,
    Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis A , Poet Destroyer Epicabuse, analogy, corruption, death,
    Pandora's Kiss A , Poet Destroyer Epicadventure, beauty, death, deep,

    Standard Definition

    [n] a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
    [adj] surpassing the ordinary especially in size or scale; "an epic voyage"; "of heroic proportions"; "heroic sculpture"
    [adj] constituting or having to do with or suggestive of a literary epic; "epic tradition"

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    Misc. Definitions

    \Ep"ic\, a. [L. epicus, Gr. ?, from ? a word, speech, tale, song; akin to L. vox voice: cf. F. ['e]pique. See {Voice}.] Narrated in a grand style; pertaining to or designating a kind of narrative poem, usually called an heroic poem, in which real or fictitious events, usually the achievements of some hero, are narrated in an elevated style. The epic poem treats of one great, complex action, in a grand style and with fullness of detail. --T. Arnold.
    \Ep"ic\, n. An epic or heroic poem. See {Epic}, a.

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