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What are examples of an epic similie?

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March 23, 2008 2:14PM

Epic simile, an extended simile elaborated in such detail or at such length as to eclipse temporarily the main action of a narrative work, forming a decorative digression. Usually it compares one complex action(rather than a simple quality or thing) with another: for example, the approach of an army with the onset of storm clouds. Sometimes called a Homeric simile after its frewuent use in Homer's epic poems, it was also used by Virgil, Milton, and others in their literary epics.