Epic Poetry


Definition of Epic Poetry:
A long narrative poem recounting a hero's deeds.



Examples of Epic Poetry:

Epic of Gilgamesh

Iliad and Odyssey, by Homer

Ramayana, by Valmiki

Metamorphoses, by Ovid



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Epic poetry:
  • Definition of epic poetry
  • Examples of epic poems
  • Examples of authors using epic poetry
  • Explanation of how epic poetry is used




Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like epic poetry helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of epic poetry, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 


Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like epic poetry.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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See also:    Narrative Poetry