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beast epic

a long verse narrative in which the misadventures of animals satirize human foibles and follies.
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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beast epic

popular genre in various literatures, consisting of a lengthy cycle of animal tales that provides a satiric commentary on human society. Although individual episodes may be drawn from fables, the beast epic differs from the fable not only in length but also in putting less emphasis on a moral

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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