Epic Terms

These are a list of elements contained in an epic.

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  1. epic
    a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
  2. convention
    orthodoxy from conforming with accepted standards
  3. narrative
    an account that tells the particulars of an act or event
  4. hero
    a being of great strength celebrated for bold exploits
  5. paradox
    a statement that contradicts itself
  6. values
    beliefs of a group in which they have emotional investment
  7. culture
    all the knowledge and values shared by a society
  8. supernatural
    forces that cannot be explained by the physical world
  9. intervene
    get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
  10. hinder
    prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  11. vast
    unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
  12. deus ex machina
    an agent who appears unexpectedly to solve a difficulty
  13. invoke
    request earnestly; ask for aid or protection
  14. invocation
    a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
  15. muse
    the source of an artist's inspiration
  16. theme
    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary work
  17. catalogue
    make an itemized list or catalog of; classify
  18. simile
    a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things
  19. metaphor
    a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
  20. anthropomorphism
    the representation of objects as having human form
  21. epithet
    descriptive word or phrase
  22. verse
    a piece of poetry
  23. elevate
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  24. diction
    the manner in which something is expressed in words
  25. oral
    using speech rather than writing
  26. tradition
    a specific practice of long standing
  27. religious
    having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity
  28. secular
    someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
  29. juxtaposition
    the act of positioning close together
  30. foil
    hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
  31. archetype
    something that serves as a model
  32. allegory
    a short moral story
  33. hubris
    overbearing pride or presumption
  34. threshold
    the starting point for a new state or experience

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