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The Odyssey. Epic Similes. Simile. As you all know, a simile is a comparison using “like” or “as.” Example: “My love is like a flower.” Example: “She moves as slyly as a cat.” Example: “Her teeth shone like diamonds when she smiled.”

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the odyssey

The Odyssey

Epic Similes

simile
Simile
  • As you all know, a simile is a comparison using “like” or “as.”
  • Example: “My love is like a flower.”
  • Example: “She moves as slyly as a cat.”
  • Example: “Her teeth shone like diamonds when she smiled.”
  • Using what we know about “epic” style and grandeur, how do you think we define “epic simile?”
epic simile or homeric simile
Epic Simile (or, Homeric Simile)
  • A long and elaborate comparison between two things.
  • This extended comparison is usually between something that the audience cannot have seen (such as the god Hermes skimming over the water) and something ordinary and domestic which they would have been familiar with.
epic simile or homeric simile1
Epic Simile (or, Homeric Simile)
  • Just as epic poems are longer and more grand than regular poetry, epic similes are longer and more elaborate than typical similes.
  • Here’s an example…
from the odyssey
From The Odyssey
  • [Hermes] plunged to the sea and skimmed the waves like a [bird] that down the deadly gulfs of the barren salt swells and dives for fish, dipping its beating wings in bursts of spray—so Hermes skimmed the crests on endless crests.
  • What two (2) things are being compared in this passage? WHAT ABOUT THEM specifically is being compared?
now your try
Now Your Try
  • Identify the epic similes on the pages listed below. When you have identified the simile….
    • Explain what two things are being compared
    • Explain how they are being compared

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