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 would be an example of the use of an epithet?
- Charles is my son.
- Charles the Bald.
- Charles Johnson.