Entertainment / Literature / Epithet: A short, poetic nickname--often in the form of an adjective or adjectival phrase--attached to the normal name. Frequently, this technique allows a poet to extend a line by a few syllables in a poetic manner that characterizes an individual or a setting within an epic poem. (1) The Homeric epithet in classical literature often includes compounds of two words such as, 'fleet-footed Achilles,' 'Cow-eyed Hera,' 'Grey-eyed Athena,' or 'the wine-dark sea.' In other cases, it appears as a phrase, such as 'Odysseus the man-of-many-wiles,' or whatnot.
Entertainment / Literature / Lai: (plural lais, also spelled lay) A short narrative or lyrical poem, usually in octosyllabic couplets, intended to be sung. Helen Cooper called the genre the 'mini-Romance' since the typical theme and c MORE
Life Style / Poetry / Antonomasia : Using an epithet or a title in place of a proper name. MORE