The Epic. English IV Mr. Musgrove. Defining the Epic. Defining the Epic. An epic is one of the earliest forms of literature. It is a long narrative poem that recounts the adventures of a legendary hero in pursuit of a goal of national importance.
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An epic is one of the earliest forms of literature.
It is a long narrative poemthat recounts the adventures of a legendary hero in pursuit of a goal of national importance.
The hero’s accomplishments usually reflect the values of his culture and usually figure prominently in the history of his people.
Epic conventions are: certain literary or formal characteristics that most epics share.
Setting: vast in scope, often involving multiple nations
Plot: complicated by supernatural beings or events and may involve a long and dangerous journey through foreign lands
Theme: reflects timeless values such as courage and honor, and encompasses universal ideas, such as good and evil or life and death