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Welcome to another addition of Saturday’s Mix. Today we are going to focus on the Homeric or epic simile. Hopefully, we all know that a simile is a comparison using like or as. For example: Her eyes sparkled like diamonds.
Homer, however, in his epic tale The Odyssey used numerous similes that were much longer. They went into great depth to compare to complex ideas or relationships. The example above could be turned into an epic simile: Just as diamonds, cut to a fine point with many facets to gather the sunlight dancing from the sky, dazzle and enchant the beholder, so sparkled her eyes, mesmerizing the young man gazing upon her countenance.
From book 6 of the Odyssey:
Athena lent a hand, making him seem taller, and massive too, with crisping hair in curls like petals of wild hyacinth, but all red-golden. Think of gold infused on silver by a craftsman, whose fine art Hephaistos taught him or Athena: one whose work moves to delight: just so she lavished beauty over Odysseus’ head and shoulders.
From book 10 of the Odyssey:
So I went down to the sea beach and the ship, where I found all my other men on board, weeping, in despair along to the benches. Sometimes in farmyards when the cows return well fed from pasture to the barn, one sees the pens give way before the calves in tumult, breaking through to cluster about the mothers, bumping together, bawling. Just that way my crew poured round me when they saw me come– their faces wet with tears as if they saw their homeland, and the crags of Ithaka, even the very town where they were born.
Your task today is to write using the Homeric or epic simile. It can be within a prose story or a poetry piece. I offer the images to be used as inspiration for subject matter.
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