Ch 3: The Iliad Literary Devices

About This Chapter

If you need to review the literary devices from ''The Iliad,'' look no further than this convenient online study guide chapter. You'll be able to effectively analyze the poem's literary devices and improve your knowledge for upcoming exams, essays and assignments.

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Anyone who needs help understanding the literary devices that are used throughout The Iliad will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to study the epic poem's symbols, imagery, motifs, metaphors and much more. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the poem's literary devices
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  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary devices from The Iliad for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The poem's use of figurative language
  • Poetic devices from The Iliad
  • The poem's use of foreshadowing
  • Examples of irony, epic similes and metaphors
  • Motifs, imagery and symbols from the epic poem

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Iliad Literary Devices
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Figurative Language in The Iliad

1. Figurative Language in The Iliad

Homer's ''Iliad'' is an epic poem with a broad story, but it's also filled with creative lines and poetic turns of phrase. In this lesson, you will learn about a variety of examples of figurative language in the epic.

Poetic Devices in The Iliad

2. Poetic Devices in The Iliad

Homer's Iliad is an action-packed story of the Trojan War, but at its core it's also a great work of epic poetry. In this lesson, you will learn about the major poetic devices that characterize the style of The Iliad.

Foreshadowing in The Iliad

3. Foreshadowing in The Iliad

Homer's epic story 'The Iliad' tells the story of the mythological Trojan War. Open this lesson to review the technique of foreshadowing and how the author uses this technique in the story.

Irony in The Iliad

4. Irony in The Iliad

In Homer's ''The Iliad,'' Achaeans and Trojans rage against each other with gods taking part on both sides. This lesson explores the author's use of irony to entertain the audience. Read further to review some examples from the story.

Motifs in The Iliad

5. Motifs in The Iliad

Motifs are an important part of any work of literature. They add to the narrative by bringing themes to light and tying events together. See how the motifs in Homer's ''Iliad'' helped form the story we know today.

Epic Similes in The Iliad

6. Epic Similes in The Iliad

Similes are a type of figurative language used to share descriptions through comparisons. We'll review similes and dig deeper into a technique known as the epic simile. This lesson will specifically examine how the epic simile contributes to Homer's classic, 'The Iliad'.

Metaphors of The Iliad: Identification & Analysis

7. Metaphors of The Iliad: Identification & Analysis

While similes are often thought to be the major type of figurative language at work in ''The Iliad,'' metaphors also play a significant role. This lesson will summarize the main types of metaphors used in the epic poem, and explain their importance.

Imagery in The Iliad

8. Imagery in The Iliad

Homer's ''Iliad'' is not only a classic of world literature, but a text beloved by readers for millennia. Its vivid imagery contextualizes the war it describes, and has influenced literature in many traditions.

Symbols in The Iliad

9. Symbols in The Iliad

Symbols are important literary devices that provide readers with insight. Authors often use symbols so readers can experience meaning and emotion within a story on a deeper level. Discover the symbols used in ''The Iliad'' and their significance.

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