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An Epic is a type of poem which is a lengthy narrative. This type of poem usually tells a tale of a heroic deed or an adventure. This tale of events which takes place within the epic poem is usually significant to a tale or a culture. A good example of this style of poem would be the Odyssey by Homer. This type of poem has a list of ten main components, starting with a beginning and usually ending with the main character or hero descending to hell or another realm. An ep

features many struggles for the characters, with rises and falls throughout to convey a message or theme to the reader. Many times, greater themes are hidden within the text and tale of an epic, giving the piece more than one meaning. Because of this, many people use these types of poems to study philosophy, humanity, culture, religion and more. This type of poem has continued to remain a popular and well studied type of poetry throughout decades. 

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)

[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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