Definition of epyllion in English:


Line breaks: epyl|lion
Pronunciation: /ɪˈpɪlɪən
, ɛ-/

noun (plural epyllia /-lɪə/)

A narrative poem that resembles an epic poem in style, but which is notably shorter.
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  • This meditation is complicated by the fact that 'Lucrece' is an epyllion, a hybrid genre characterized both by its deployment of vivid description and by its treatment of epic subjects.
  • Perhaps the finest specimen of this hexametric renascence, however, was Charles Kingsley's mythopoetic epyllion 'Andromeda'.


late 19th century: from Greek epullion, diminutive of epos 'word, song', from eipein 'say'.

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