- The definition of a literary epic is a long narrative poem, often written about a hero or heroines.
An example of a literary epic is Beowulf.
Variant of epic
- a long narrative poem in a dignified style about the deeds of a traditional or historical hero or heroes; typically,
- a poem like the Iliad or the Odyssey, with certain formal characteristics (beginning in medias res, catalog passages, invocations of the muse, etc.)called classical epic
- a poem like Milton's Paradise Lost, in which such characteristics are applied to later or different materials
- a poem like Beowulf, considered as expressing the early ideals and traditions of a people or nation
- a poem like the Iliad or the Odyssey, with certain formal characteristics (beginning in medias res, catalog passages, invocations of the muse, etc.)
- any long narrative poem regarded as having the style, structure, and importance of an epic, as Dante's Divine Comedy
- a prose narrative, play, film, etc. regarded as having the qualities of an epic
- a series of events regarded as a proper subject for an epic
Origin of epicClassical Latin epicus ; from Classical Greek epikos, (adj.) epic ; from epos, a word, speech, song, epic ; from Indo-European an unverified form wekwos-, word ; from base an unverified form wekw-, to speak from source Classical Latin vox, Old English woma, noise
- of an epic
- having the nature of an epic; specif.,also epical
- heroic; grand; majestic; imposing
- dealing with or characterized by events of historical or legendary importance