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  • adj. Archaic spelling of epic.


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  • "epick" went on, of course, to unravel the threads of the "adventure," and to intimate pretty plainly who "the youth" referred to was.

    The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's A School Story

  • Sir Isaac Newton applied to poetry, he would have made a very fine epick poem.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • ‘He would undertake,’ he said, ‘to write an epick poem on the story of Robin Hood, and half England, to whom the names and places he should mention in it are familiar, would believe and declare they had heard it from their earliest years.’

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • Johnson had maintained; though he goes farther, and contends that it is no better than such an epick poem as he could make from the song of Robin Hood; that is to say, that, except a few passages, there is nothing truly ancient but the names and some vague traditions.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • And for the epick poem your lordship bid me look at — upon taking the length, breadth, height, and depth of it, and trying them at home upon an exact scale of

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • To be poor, in the epick language, is only not to command the wealth of nations, nor to have fleets and armies in pay.

    Dr. Johnson and His Circle

  • He begged of General Paoli to repeat one of the introductory stanzas of the first book of Tasso's Jerusalem, which he did, and then Johnson found fault with the simile of sweetening the edges of a cup for a child, being transferred from Lucretius into an epick poem [981].

    Life of Johnson

  • Virgil was indebted to Homer for the whole invention of the structure of an epick poem, and for many of his beauties. '

    Life of Johnson

  • You, Sir, may perhaps have an epick poem from some happier pen than, Sir,

    Life Of Johnson

  • Have put their whole drama and epick to flight; In satires, epistles, and odes, would they cope, Their numbers retreat before Dryden and Pope; And Johnson, well arm'd like a hero of yore, Has beat forty French [3], and will beat forty more! '

    Life Of Johnson


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