What Are Some Types of Epic Poetry?

The term epic poetry refers to long poems that recount the story concerning either a historical event or a mythic hero's journey or adventure. Some examples of epic poetry are the "Aeneid," "Iliad," "Odyssey," "Gilgamesh" and "Beowulf."

Epic poetry can also involve recounting a story about a group of people and their deeds or adventures. Epic poems are usually written in a stylized form.

The "Aeneid," which was written by the Roman poet Virgil, is a Latin epic poem about the adventures of the Trojan Aeneas, who travels from Troy to Italy. Aeneas is also a figure in Homer's "Iliad." Homer wrote the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey," which are Greek epic poems. While the "Iliad" is the story of the war between the Greeks and the Trojans, the "Odyssey" is the account of Odysseus' adventures after the Trojan War on his way home to Ithaca. The epic poem "Gilgamesh" is an Indian tale, and "Beowulf" is an old English poem.