epos

DEFINITIONS OF: epos

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n a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

Synonyms:
epic, epic poem, heroic poem
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Aeneid
an epic in Latin by Virgil; tells the adventures of Aeneas after the Trojan War; provides an illustrious historical background for the Roman Empire
Divina Commedia
a narrative epic poem written by Dante
Iliad
a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy
Odyssey
a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy
Nibelungenlied
an epic poem written in Middle High German and based on the legends of Siegfried and Teutonic kings
Types:
chanson de geste
Old French epic poems
rhapsody
an epic poem adapted for recitation
heroic, heroic meter, heroic verse
a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter
Type of:
poem, verse form
a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines

n a body of poetry that conveys the traditions of a society by treating some epic theme

Type of:
poesy, poetry, verse
literature in metrical form
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