1. An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.
2. A literary or dramatic composition that resembles an extended narrative poem celebrating heroic feats.
3. A series of events considered appropriate to an epic: the epic of the Old West.
1. Of, constituting, having to do with, or suggestive of a literary epic: an epic poem.
2. Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size: “A vast musical panorama. it requires an epic musical understanding to do it justice” (Tim Page).
3. Heroic and impressive in quality: “Here in the courtroom. there was more of that epic atmosphere, the extra amperage of a special moment” (Scott Turow).
[From Latin epicus. from Greek epikos. from epos. word, song ; see wek w – in Indo-European roots .]
1. (Poetry) a long narrative poem recounting in elevated style the deeds of a legendary hero, esp one originating in oral folk tradition
2. (Poetry) the genre of epic poetry
3. (Art Terms) any work of literature, film, etc, having heroic deeds for its subject matter or having other qualities associated with the epic: a Hollywood epic.
4. an episode in the lives of men in which heroic deeds are performed or attempted: the epic of Scott’s expedition to the South Pole.
5. denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an epic or epics
6. of heroic or impressive proportions: an epic voyage.
[C16: from Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos speech, word, song]
1. of or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usu. centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style: The Iliad is an epic poem.
2. resembling or suggesting such poetry: an epic novel.
3. heroic; majestic; impressively great.
4. of unusually great size or extent: a crime wave of epic proportions.
7. a novel, film, etc. resembling or suggesting an epic.
8. something worthy to form the subject of an epic.
A long narrative poem usually concerning a central character of heroic stature, or incidents of national or tribal importance.
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1. a long poem telling a story of great deeds. heldedig قَصيدَه ملْحَمِيَّه епопея epopeia epos das Epos epos έπος epopeya. poema épico eepos حماسه؛ رزم نامه runoeepos épopée אפוס महाकाव्य ep, epska pjesma eposz epos söguljóð, hetjuljóð poema epico. epopea 叙事詩 서사시 epas eposs epik heldendicht epos epika رزمى شعر:، حماسه epopeia poem epic эпическая поэма epos ep ep epos, episk dikt โคลงเล่าเรื่อง destan 史詩 епічна поема افسانوی کرداروں کے شجاعت بھرے کارناموں پر مبنی طویل نظم thiên anh hùng ca 史诗
2. a long story, film etc telling of great deeds especially historic. epies مَلْحَمَه епос epopeia epopej das Epos heltedigt; stor film έπος epopeya epopöa هر داستان یا فیلم بلندی که دارای ویژگی های حماسی باشد eepos épopée סֶרֶט אֶפּוֹס वीरगाथा epsko djelo epikus mű epos löng og efnismikil skáldsaga, leikrit eða kvikmynd epopea 大作 서사시적인 내용(이야기) epopėja vēstījums par vēsturisku tēmu agung epos epos epika جنګى بولله يا حماسه، رزمى شعر epopeia epopee эпопея epopeja epopeja ep epos มหากาพย์ destansı 敘事史詩 епос رزمیہ پر مبنی کوئی کتاب یا فلم thiên sử thi 叙事史诗
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The British Constitution was to Montesquieu what Homer has been to the didactic writers on epic poetry.
He related his fishing, and his combats, with natural poetry of expression; his recital took the form of an epic poem, and I seemed to be listening to a Canadian Homer singing the Iliad of the regions of the North.
People do, indeed, add the word ‘maker’ or ‘poet’ to the name of the metre, and speak of elegiac poets, or epic (that is, hexameter) poets, as if it were not the imitation that makes the poet, but the verse that entitles them all indiscriminately to the name.
In this epic of which I have spoken, Buddha sees the lovely and virtuous Lady Aruna coming to greet him, says to his disciples:
A far-sighted Boston reporter slid away for a full copy of the epic and an interview with the author; so that earth had nothing more to offer Captain Bart Edwardes, ex-whaler, shipwright, master-fisherman, and poet, in the seventy-third year of his age.
It follows from all this that the ultimate, aggregate, or absolute effect of even the best epic under the sun, is a nullity: — and this is precisely the fact.
It topped the crest of cliff, black against the sun, like a battle-chariot rushing to destruction in some wild epic .
The pairing of the birds is an idyl, not tedious as our idyls are; a tempest is a rough ode, without falsehood or rant; a summer, with its harvest sown, reaped, and stored, is an epic song, subordinating how many admirably executed parts.
Theresa’s passionate, ideal nature demanded an epic life: what were many-volumed romances of chivalry and the social conquests of a brilliant girl to her?
I fancy, also, that I must by this time have read the Odyssey, for the “Battle of the Frogs and Mice” was in the second volume, and it took me so much that I paid it the tribute of a bald imitation in a mock-heroic epic of a cat fight, studied from the cat fights in our back yard, with the wonted invocation to the Muse, and the machinery of partisan gods and goddesses.
The poetry of the sun has something of the epic in it; that of fog and mist is elegiac and religious.
All Barsoomian dances are stately and beautiful, but The Dance of Barsoom is a wondrous epic of motion and harmony–there is no grotesque posturing, no vulgar or suggestive movements.