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 Dictionary entry overview: What does epic poem mean? 

EPIC POEM (noun)
  The noun EPIC POEM has 1 sense:

1. a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

  Familiarity information: EPIC POEM used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

EPIC POEM (noun)

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A long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


epic; epic poem; heroic poem; epos

Hypernyms ("epic poem" is a kind of...):

poem; verse form (a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "epic poem"):

chanson de geste (Old French epic poems)

rhapsody (an epic poem adapted for recitation)

heroic; heroic meter; heroic verse (a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter)

Instance hyponyms:

Aeneid (an epic in Latin by Virgil; tells the adventures of Aeneas after the Trojan War; provides an illustrious historical background for the Roman Empire)

Divina Commedia; Divine Comedy (a narrative epic poem written by Dante)

Iliad (a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy)

Odyssey (a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy)

Nibelungenlied (an epic poem written in Middle High German and based on the legends of Siegfried and Teutonic kings)

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