"Saul," as an epical subject, must have haunted his mind for years.
Story he has none to tell; by contrast Henry James is epical.
He was essentially a lyrical as distinguished from an epical or dramatic poet.
Thus mediæval play is epical in its Rabelaisian plainness of speech.
But, to keep to the simile, has this epical poem the unity of ocean?
Even prim President Thiers tried to kiss her and her indignation was epical.
Many a time before had Arina Petrovna regaled her children with the epical beginnings of her career of acquisition.
In other words, it must have an epical element as well as a dramatic.
Perhaps, my dear, you write lyrics, and your cousin hath more fancy for epical poetry.
But the most remarkable point of contact between Drayton and Theocritus is that both are epical as well as pastoral poets.
1580s, perhaps via Middle French épique or directly from Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos "word, story, poem," from PIE *wekw- "to speak" (see voice). Extended sense of "grand, heroic" first recorded in English 1731. The noun meaning "an epic poem" is first recorded 1706.
A long narrative poem written in elevated style, in which heroes of great historical or legendary importance perform valorous deeds. The setting is vast in scope, covering great nations, the world, or the universe, and the action is important to the history of a nation or people. The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid are some great epics from world literature, and two great epics in English are Beowulf and Paradise Lost.
Note: Figuratively, any task of great magnitude may be called “epic,” as in an “epic feat” or an “epic undertaking.”