genre of poetry and other art
Traditionally, an epic refers to a genre of poetry. More recently, however, the style has grown to encompass a broad range of media, wherein the story has a theme of grandeur and heroism, just as in epic poetry. For this reason, scholars argue that 'the epic' has long since become "disembedded" from its origins in oral poetry, appearing in successive narrative media throughout history.Nevertheless, along with poetry and literature in general, the contemporary understanding of 'the epic' genre includes theatre, film, television, music, and video games.
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