About This Chapter
Who's It For?
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
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the poem's literary devices
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with The Iliad Literary Devices chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take The Iliad Literary Devices chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any literature question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: View lessons on any web-ready device.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the The Iliad Study Guide course