Epic Narration What is Epic Narration?
Epic Narration • predictable elements in epic poems
Epic Narration • Poet-narrator starts poem with an invocation • Begins “in median res” • Narrative is formal
. . . And more • Narrative includes speeches by principal characters • Uses figurative language to make the story vivid and exciting for listeners and readers
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
Epic Poetry What makes a poem an epic poem?
Main Characteristics • Long, narrative poem • Speaker is a narrator, telling a story • Theme or subject of the tale is important
More . . . • The setting is huge • Main character is capable of being a hero
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
. . . and finally • Supernatural entities take interest in the action • Epic poem not only entertains, but teaches • From Glencoe p.806