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A narrative poem that resembles an epic poem in style, but which is notably shorter.‘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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