English 9 Homework Oct 23-27
Monday1. 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.
Tuesday1. 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.
Wednesday1. 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
- Sunrising (action of rising)