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Literary Terms Book

1. epic long narrative poem about the adventures of a hero.
2. epic hero larger than life person who embodies the ideals of a nation or race (Odysseus)
3. epic simile long, drawn out comparison using like or as
4. epithet traits or characteristic that describe a person--short phrases similar to nicknames
5. chorus comments on the actions of the (summarizes events) character
6. muse Goddess of poetry who inspires Homer to write the story of Odysseus
7. in medias res in the middle of - story starts in the middle of the action
8. irony what you expect to happen does not
9. dramatic irony reader knows info that other characters in the story do not
10. verbal irony sarcasm- using exaggeration to prove a point
11. situational irony situation turns out differently expected or wanted
12. archetype typical example of something or someone
13. allusion indirect reference to anther piece of literature
Created by: baseballbat689