“The Odyssey” is an epic poem. In “The Odyssey” there are four things that prove it is an epic poem. The first one is the vast setting that Odysseus went through throughout his long journey. Another is Odysseus's larger than life imposing stature. So are the superhuman things Odysseus did on his long grusome journey. Also “The Odyssey” is based on the fate of all his men and kingdom.
A few examples to prove that “The Odyssey” is an epic poem are:
When Odysseus is attempting to return to Ithaca, Cece tells him he must visit the blind Tiresias who will tell him his fate. Only two men including Odysseus has entered the Underworld and come out alive. Odysseus does many things that a normal person could not throughout “The Odyssey” and perhaps the most important is when he entered the Underworld.
Another thing is Odysseus's larger than life imposing stature. When Odysseus returns to his home island he ends up stringing his bow and killing the men who threatens his kingdom and rule. When he strings his bow and shoots it one after the other, and the strongest men could not even pull it shows very good strength.
Also throughout his journey Odysseus is known as a man of great wisdom and strength. Odysseus had to have been an epic hero because he was known and recognized by the gods more than once. For example when Hermes appears and gives Odysseus the herb called Moly, to protect him from Circe's. Throughout “The Odyssey” Athena shows him herself to Odysseus and tells him things that help him along the way.
He is considered a hero because he fought in the Trojan War and came up with the plan of using the Trojan horse with the help of Athena. Odysseus also finally made it home to Ithaca after a very hard, difficult journey from the Trojan War. He killed his wife's suitors and finally got to see his son Telemachu that he left when he was just a baby to go fight in the Trojan War. And one more thing, Odysseus also...