Many poets and writers use epithets to describe people, such as “Richard the Lion-Hearted.” This epithet or descriptive name is used to show that he is brave and loyal like a lion. Sometimes epithets are not so complimentary, such as in “Julie the Horse-Faced” or “Egbert the Egghead.”
Quiz: What is the purpose of an epithet?
- It adds a modifying word or phrase to someone’s name.
- It provides a short but memorable description of a consumer product.
- It briefly explains how and when someone died.