The Odyssey- Homeric style?

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what is actually meant by Homeric or epic style other than really long winded phrases. Also with the Homeric similes, can they be counted as anecdotes, for example, the seagull simile in book 5??

Posted Fri 20th May, 2011 @ 19:33 by Dan Simpson

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Homer's epic style is complex. It is "written" in dactylic hexameter. He uses stock phrases which he repeats and epithets e.g. Wise Penelope to stay within the meter and make the poetry more grand. Epic similes are often used to allow the listener to understand at a greater level what the poet is trying to convey e.g. Odysseus compared to a lion.

This is all off the top of my head, sorry if its insufficient. Also remember, Homer sung the Odyssey.

Answered Fri 20th May, 2011 @ 20:36 by Aza
Edited by Aza on Fri 20th May, 2011 @ 20:36