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Epic (literary genre)

Related: fiction - legend - literature - mythology - oral - poetry - tale

Before literacy, stories were set in poems in order to memorize them more easily. [Jul 2006]

Major elements: hero

followed by: Romance (literary genre)

Epic Poetry

The epic is a broadly defined genre of poetry, which retells in a continuous narrative the life and works of a heroic or mythological person or group of persons. In the West, the Iliad, Odyssey and Nibelungenlied; and in the East, the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Shahnama are often cited as examples of the epic genre. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_poetry [Nov 2004]

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