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Epithet & Epic Similies. Epic Simile. Simile Comparison using like or as Ex: “You’re as cute as a button.” “Jim grew like a weed.” Epic simile Elaborate, more involved version of a regular simile Often goes on for several lines Homer uses for emphasis Character’s thoughts & feelings

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Epic simile
Epic Simile

  • Simile

    • Comparison using like or as

    • Ex: “You’re as cute as a button.” “Jim grew like a weed.”

  • Epic simile

    • Elaborate, more involved version of a regular simile

    • Often goes on for several lines

    • Homer uses for emphasis

      • Character’s thoughts & feelings

      • Magnitude of a battle between two armies


Epic similes
Epic Similes

  • “And Odysseus/ let the bright molten tears run down his cheeks,/ weeping [like] the way a wife mourns for her lord/ on the lost field where he has gone down fighting/ the day of wrath that came upon his children.

  • In this excerpt, Odysseus is listening to the fall of Troy and his role in it.

  • What is his reaction?

  • What is being compared?

  • What does this comparison help to emphasize?


Epithets
Epithets

  • Brief, descriptive phrases that help to characterize a particular person or thing

  • Has the right meter or number of syllables to fill out a line

  • Ex:

    • Odysseus referred to as “master mariner” or “old contender”

    • Achilles referred to as “swift footed”

    • Dawn is referred to as “with fingertips of rose”

    • Ocean is referred to as “winedark sea”


Group work
Group Work

  • Each group will receive a picture of a famous person.

  • In your group, you must come up with 5 epithets to describe this person

  • In addition, you must create an epic simile describing this person’s talent (or lack there of).

  • After 9 minutes, groups will switch pictures until every group has seen every picture.

  • This assignment is due at the end of the class.


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