Also referred to as an epic narrative, a modern epic may be defined as a poem written in the length of a novel that reflects ancient storytelling tradition. Unlike the prose novel, the verse of the modern epic often deri... More » Art & Literature Literature

Dramatic tension is defined as pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome, such as the ending of a mystery novel. It is an important element of dramatic works in literature, film and television. More »

Competitive advantage refers to a specific advantage of a business or firm, such as greater financial resources or greater technology, giving it a leg up on the competition. Competitive advantage exists in many forms, an... More » Business & Finance Business Resources Marketing & Sales

An epic is traditionally a long narrative poem that tells the story of a hero. Also called heroic poems, epic poems stretch back to the story "Gilgamesh" from Mesopotamia. Homer's "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" are the tw... More »

A book is a set of written words or pictures on electronic or physical pages while a novel is a type of book that has a narrative structure and story. Novels are fictional, but books can be characterized as fiction or no... More »

An epic hero is defined as a character in an epic poem who is noble and brave and is affected by great events or admired for his achievements. Two well-known examples of epic heroes are Aeneas and Odysseus. More »

A literary text is a piece of written material, such as a book or poem, that has the purpose of telling a story or entertaining, as in a fictional novel. Its primary function as a text is usually aesthetic, but it may al... More » Art & Literature Literature