Epic Poems

Epic Poems

Definition of Epic Poems
How do you define Epic Poems? What is the definition of Epic Poems?
The definition of Epic Poems is as follows:

Definition of Epic Poems

Epic Poems are long, serious poems that tells the story of a heroic figure. Some of the most famous epic poems are the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer and the epic poem
of The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ( 1807 - 1882 ) .


Example of Epic Poems
There are many examples of different types of poetry. An example of Epic Poems can be found in the poetic work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Example of Epic Poems - Excerpt

Hiawatha's Departure
from The Song of Hiawatha
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

By the shore of Gitchie Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
At the doorway of his wigwam,
In the pleasant Summer morning,
Hiawatha stood and waited.

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Hiawatha's Departure from The Song of Hiawatha


Forms of Poetry and Literary Terms
How do you define a couplet or a Falling Meter? And what exactly is an Iambic pentameter? We have provided a definition of poetry and literary terms together with the meaning and examples, such as the above definition of Epic Poems. A helpful educational resource for those taking an English test or a University student studying English and American Literature. Each definition, such as the above definition and example of Epic Poems will provide a glossary of literary terms or a dictionary with the meaning, samples, examples and the rules of specialising in each different type of poem and poetry.

Definition of Poetry
Poetry is piece of literature written by a poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are expressed by the use of variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The emphasis on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme are what are commonly used to distinguish poetry from prose. Poems often make heavy use of imagery and word association to quickly convey emotions. An example of Epic Poems is detailed above.

Structure of Poetry
The structure used in poems varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in the above example of Epic Poems. The structural elements include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets combine the use of language and a specific structure to create imaginative and expressive work. The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem. The structure of many types of poetry  result in groups of lines on the page which enhance the poem's composition.

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