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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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