Homer's Similes In The Iliad

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The story of the great artists of literature is glorified by history tells their tale. Homer is such one great poet. He is the author of the epic-tale of the Greek-Troy war entitled the Iliad. Homer immortalized it and its epic heroes .In this essay, I will examine the similes, that immortalize Homer as a poet, consider the canonization of his work, and end up offering a short poem as an example of how a literary work can become canonical. ( Scott.W, 2012) Homer’s similes characterized that they are long, extended, rich, omniscient, and informative. The Iliad is comprised of more than fifteen thousands of lines, divided in books. He describes about everything in his epic; trees, battleground, weather, tales, geography, nature, and science. He uses a …show more content…

He uses lambs and ox in the field. Yielding different crops like beans and seeds. Even he mentions chasing of the bears. ( Scott.W, 2012) The most striking thing about Homer’s similes in his epic the Iliad is the use of similes with connection to the peacetime. The war time and peace time mentioned at the same time. He describes peacetime situations to people away from wartime. He mentions two different things, manmade war machines and natural phenomena (lighting, wind, and dust). It can be a bridge between the Trojan world and his familiar Greek world. ( C.Moulton, 1983) In one hand, he mentions the farms and rural areas of the peacetime to highlight how war is ferocious and ugly. In the other hand, he mentions the three famous nature’s forces, Water, fire, and wind to show how the war is harsh. ( C.Moulton, 1983) Again, the controversial Iliad’s similes have uniqueness to its reader. They can be read as the glory of Greek at the battle of Troy. Homer is a Greek after all, he has written it in a way that commemorate this unique moment in the history of the Greek and the world. ( C.Moulton,

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