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Type of Poem: Epic Poem
What is an Epic Poem? An epic poem is a long narrative centering around a single hero and their adventures. An epic hero is usually a person of great strength, wit or skill whose adventures usually contribute to the development of a particular race or nation.
History of Poem: Ancient Greeks and Romans. Epics were considered the highest artistic expression in classical times. Those of Homer and Virgil were respected like the bible.
Type of Rhyming Scheme: couplet scheme, iambic pentameter.
How to write an epic:
1.Write a short statement of the poem's purpose before recounting the story.
2.Give a short, general outline of the action of the poem in your first statement.
3.Call on the Muse next by first praising her, then by asking her to aid you in the writing of your poem
4.Choose a particularly heroic event in the hero's life at which to start. This will be the main action of your poem.
5.Begin the narrative by using "in medias res" or "framework" narrative. The past actions form a framework centering around the main action.
6.confront hero with conflicts involving dangerous monsters.
7.use supernatural powers to help your hero in the end.
Muse: Greek goddess who inspires the creation of art and literature
in medias res/framework:Literally meaning "into the midst of things," this is a poetic convention in which the narrative begins in the middle of the main action and earlier events are retold through flashbacks.
EXAMPLE: The Aeneid by Virgil.(Roman Poet)
|Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc'd by fate, |
|And haughty Juno's unrelenting hate, |
|Expell'd and exil'd, left the Trojan shore. |
|Long labors, both by sea and land, he bore, |
|And in the doubtful war, before he won |
|The Latian realm, and built the destin'd town;...