Source: A Real-Life Incident. What epic conventions does Milton follow in writing of his 'Paradise Lost'?
Although the basic story was always familiar to the audience, because these poems are so long and so complex, the poet would begin by announcing what the recitation was to be about.
Some of these are lists of genealogies of heroes and warriors, some are lists of articles at hand or in storehouses, and some are lists of elements in the natural world. Vast Settings.
This comparison, elaborated in seven lines, while dominantly concerned with size, produces also other impressions such as trickery, the falseness of appearances, the lack of caution on the part of man when close to danger, all of which are associated with Satan and will be amplified later in Paradise Lost.
What was this offense? Since poets like Homer and Virgil recited their epics to an audience, these repetitions were necessary to either remind the audience about previous events or to comment on a complex scene.
The traditional epics were shaped by a literary artist from historical and legendary materials which had developed in the oral traditions of his nation during a period of expansion and warfare Beowulf, The Odyssey, The Iliad. Epithets alter the meaning of each noun to which they are attached.
Naming Names Epithets are adjectives or descriptive phrases expressing a quality or characteristic of the person or thing mentioned.
But a thousand sprites come to her aid, using their wings to blow hair over the lock.