Writing

What Is Epithet? Definition and Examples of How to Correctly Use Epithet in Literature

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 9, 2021 • 3 min read

Some of the most revered writers and poets of all time use epithets to add texture to their prose. From the epic poems of Homer to the poetry and plays of Shakespeare, these vast works and their strategic use of epithets have helped shape readers’ literary imaginations for centuries.