What Is an Example of an Epic Simile in "The Odyssey"?


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An example of an epic simile in "The Odyssey" by Homer is, "as a blacksmith plunges a glowing axe or adze / in an ice-cold bath and the metal screeches steam / and its temper hardens €” that's the iron's strength €” / so the eye of the Cyclops sizzled round that stake!" (9.438-41) This is an example of an epic simile when the Cyclops is blinded by Odysseus and his men.

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Epic similes are usually extensive comparisons of an activity or a character to a natural phenomenon. "The Odyssey" includes epic similes that define some of the most gripping moments of this Greek poem.

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