English 9 Homework Oct 23-27


1. Watch The Odyssey, Part I: The Structure of the Epic link
2. Study the 6 Elements of an Epic Poem link
Six Elements Of The Epic:
  • Plot centers around a Hero of Unbelievable Stature - The epic hero completes what everyone only attempts.  In ancient epics, the hero often is either partially divine or at least protected by a god or God.
  • Involves deeds of superhuman strength and valor - Accomplish feats no real human could.
  • Vast Setting - The action spans not only geographical but also often cosmological space: across land, sea, into the underworld, or thru space or time etc.
  • Involves supernatural and/or otherworldly forces - Gods, demons, angels, time/space travel, cheating death and more
  • Sustained elevation of style - Overwritten, overly formal, highly stylized (poetry, lyricism (singing), exaggeration)
  • Poet remains objective and omniscient - The narrator sees and knows all and presents all perspectives.


1. Watch The Odyssey, Part II : The Return of Odysseus link
2. Write a one page letter from Odysseus to his family: Laertes is his father, Penelope is his wife, or his son, Telemachus.


1. Finish reading Ovid's PHAËTHON as translated by Edith Hamilton link (textbook pp 92-94)
2. Look for specific quotations from the myth which describe the following natural occurrences:

  • Sunrise (affect on surroundings)
  • Sun at noonday
  • Sunset
  • Sunrising (action of rising)


1. Find specific quotations from the story to describe PHAËTHON:  his youth, courage, rashness, and his tendency to be influenced by taunts of his peers.


1. Study for Monday morning Wordly Wise Level 9 Lesson 6 quiz link


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