a simile developed over several lines of verse, especially one used in an epic poem.
What Is Hypocatastasis?Hypocatastasis packs more of a punch than a metaphor because it uses only one noun, (the other noun is implied), while a metaphor uses two nouns.
They Call It Puppy Love And Other Animal-inspired PhrasesWe often attribute emotions and other human characteristics to animals. This is called anthropomorphism. Similarly, we also describe people using animal characteristics. You might, for example, say my teenage son “eats like a horse,” meaning he’s a growing boy and consumes a lot of food. This is called zoomorphism. Zoomorphism also includes assigning animal-like qualities to gods and inanimate objects. The term comes from the Greek …
Origin of epic simile
First recorded in 1940–45
Also called Homeric simile.
Definition for homeric simile (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for homeric simile
an extended simile, as used in the epic poetry of Homer and other writers
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