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  1. Epic Narration What is Epic Narration?

  2. Epic Narration • predictable elements in epic poems

  3. Epic Narration • Poet-narrator starts poem with an invocation • Begins “in median res” • Narrative is formal

  4. . . . And more • Narrative includes speeches by principal characters • Uses figurative language to make the story vivid and exciting for listeners and readers

  5. Epic Narration vs. Epic Poetry • So what’s the difference between Epic Narration and Epic Poetry? Narration: how it is told (ie 1st or 3rd person) Poetry: what kind of poetry it is (ie: love novel, short stories, graphic novel, mystery novel

  6. Epic Poetry What makes a poem an epic poem?

  7. Main Characteristics • Long, narrative poem • Speaker is a narrator, telling a story • Theme or subject of the tale is important

  8. More . . . • The setting is huge • Main character is capable of being a hero

  9. More . . . • Action includes extraordinary or superhuman deeds • Hero has embarked on a long journey with various tests or tasks which challenge his bravery, wits, and battle skills

  10. . . . and finally • Supernatural entities take interest in the action • Epic poem not only entertains, but teaches • From Glencoe p.806