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What is the prayer called which traditionally opens an epic poem?

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paula4john | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 22, 2008 at 7:43 AM via web

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What is the prayer called which traditionally opens an epic poem?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 22, 2008 at 11:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Most epic poems begin with an invocation, which is a prayer to some higher power. The poet generally asks the gods, often a Muse, to guide his pen during the writing of the poem. In Greek epic poetry, the Muse addressed was usually Calliope, who was the Muse specifically of epic poetry. At other times, the poet would ask another deity for inspiration, but the purpose of the invocation was to introduce the action that will unfold in the poem.

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kmieciakp | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted November 22, 2008 at 7:57 AM (Answer #2)

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ithe invocation

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