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Epic Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • a long narrative poem telling of a hero''s deeds
  • very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale); "an epic voyage"; "of heroic proportions"; "heroic sculpture"
  • constituting or having to do with or suggestive of a literary epic; "epic tradition"

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  • a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

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Epic Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Epic poetry is one of the main forms of poetry, with lyrics and drama. Epic poetry tells a dramatic story. There are characters in the story. It is usually long, and takes place in different settings.

Beowulf is a typical example, written in Old English. Gawain and the Green Knight was written later in a dialect of Middle English. Well-known people who wrote epics were Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Dante, Edmund Spenser and Milton. William Wordsworth's Prelude plays with epic ideas though the poem is autobiography.

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