beast epic
noun Date: 1873 a poem with epic conventions in which animals speak and act like human beings

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  • beast epic — (beast fable, Tierdichtung)    Medieval beast epics, like the earlier fables of Aesop and others, were linked series of tales revolving around animals that talked and behaved like human beings. Often they were written in a mock epic style that… …   Encyclopedia of medieval literature

  • beast epic — a long verse narrative in which the misadventures of animals satirize human foibles and follies. [1885 90] * * * ▪ literature       popular genre in various literatures, consisting of a lengthy cycle of animal tales that provides a satiric… …   Universalium

  • beast epic — noun : a long verse narrative with climactic epic construction comprising stories of animals represented as acting with human feelings and motives * * * a long verse narrative in which the misadventures of animals satirize human foibles and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • epic — epically, adv. epiclike, adj. /ep ik/, adj. Also, epical. 1. noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style: Homer s Iliad is an… …   Universalium

  • Beast fable — The beast fable, usually a short story or poem in which animals talk, is a traditional form of allegorical writing [M. H. Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms (5th edition 1985), p. 6.] . It is a type of fable, in which human behaviour and… …   Wikipedia

  • Epic of Gilgamesh — The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from Ancient Mesopotamia and is among the earliest known works of literary fiction. Scholars believe that it originated as a series of Sumerian legends and poems about the mythological hero king Gilgamesh,… …   Wikipedia

  • Beast (comics) — For other uses, see Beast. Beast Beast Art by John Cassaday. Publication information Publisher …   Wikipedia

  • epic — 1. (epic) (3921↑, 1083↓) the most overused word ever, next to fail. for even more asshole points, use them together to form epic fail. everything is epic now. epic car. epic haircut. epic movie. epic album. epic shut the fuck up. saying epic win… …   Urban English dictionary

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  • Epic of Gilgamesh —    The most famous and influential of all the ancient Mesopotamian myths and epic poems, telling the story of the hero Gil gamesh, the tragic loss of his friend En kidu, and Gilgamesh s quest to find the secret of eternal life. In the third… …   Ancient Mesopotamia dictioary

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