The Odyssey

The Odyssey

maticians could do to have their responses sharpened to certain achievements of the human intellect which lie ... Many approaches to the Odyssey , having made that initial division , ascribe separate authors to each of those parts ...

Author: Homer

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105004068420

Category: Epic poetry, Greek

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From Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator whose "Iliad "was named one of "The New Yorker"'s Favorite Books of 2011, comes a vivid new translation of the "Odyssey," complete with textual notes and an illuminating introductory essay. The hardcover publication of the" Odyssey "received glowing reviews: "The New York Times" praised "Mitchell's fresh, elegant diction and the care he lavishes on meter, which] brought me closer to the transfigurative experience Keats describes on reading Chapman's Homer"; "Booklist," " "in a starred review, said that "Mitchell retells the first, still greatest adventure story in Western literature with clarity, sweep, and force"; and John Banville, author of "The Sea," " "called this translation "a masterpiece." The" Odyssey" is the original hero's journey, an epic voyage into the unknown, and has inspired other creative work for millennia. With its consummately modern hero, full of guile and wit, always prepared to reinvent himself in order to realize his heart's desire--to return to his home and family after ten years of war--the "Odyssey" now speaks to us again across 2,600 years. In words of great poetic power, this translation brings Odysseus and his adventures to life as never before. Stephen Mitchell's language keeps the diction close to spoken English, yet its rhythms recreate the oceanic surge of the ancient Greek. Full of imagination and light, beauty and humor, this "Odyssey" carries you along in a fast stream of action and imagery. Just as Mitchell "re-energised the "Iliad" for a new generation" ("The Sunday Telegraph"), his "Odyssey" is the noblest, clearest, and most captivating rendition of one of the defining masterpieces of Western literature.
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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, ... 1947- The Odyssey : an epic of return / William G. Thalmann. p. cm.

Author: William G. Thalmann

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN: UOM:39015020852268

Category: Literary Criticism

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Homer's two great epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, stand as cornerstones not only of Western literature but also of Western thought and culture, for although readers of two millennia have imitated or opposed these works' paradigm of character and action, few have ignored it. Where the Iliad strikes a heavy tone of tragic grandeur, the Odyssey evokes an atmosphere of adventure and fate. The latter work's key figure, Odysseus the restless wanderer, pervades our language and our thinking: his self-defining journey of experience and maturation has remained one of the world's most explored subjects of artistic expression. In his cogent reading of the Odyssey William G. Thalmann argues that, like its hero, the text is impossible to reduce to a single summary or set of oppositions. As presented in Homer's narrative, the polarities of nature versus civilization, war versus peace, action versus word, and force versus metis (intelligence) are fraught with ambiguity. Thalmann singles out in particular the precarious nature of metis, which imbues Odysseus with constructive intelligence but also a dangerous duplicity. Similarly, Thalmann contends that in all his travels Odysseus both inflicts pain and himself suffers after having saved his own life via his cleverness. Aside from its explorations of human character, however, the poem quite simply tells a wonderful story. Odysseus's myriad adventures during his 10-year struggle to get home to Ithaka have the powerful appeal of folktale and fairy tale: the poem's narrative, Thalmann asserts, offers the pleasure of desiring an end that is delayed by obstacles in the outer world and the necessity for intrigues on Ithaka, with the simultaneous assurance that the end will come, and that it will be a happy one. Thalmann perceptively identifies traces of class and gender inquiry in Homer's epic. The poem seems to open up questions about the upholding of a system by which those at the top of society are maintained by the labor of those below, Thalmann maintains; in due course, however, these questions are closed off with the ideal solution of the return of the righteous king, promising prosperity for all. Additionally, Thalmann detects in Penelope an independence and importance rarely accorded women in Greek literature or Greek life; her like-mindedness with Odysseus is emphasized and their marriage characterized as a collaboration between them. What makes Homer's text so relevant to our times, Thalmann concludes, is its suffusion with contradiction and elusiveness. Odysseus, after all, is a hero with a constantly deferred future, and the poem's ending preserves the tension between his two conflicting sides, for when peace is at hand our hero, overcome with battle fury, assaults the relatives of his enemies. Ultimately, Thalmann finds that, happy ending notwithstanding, Homer's masterpiece depicts man's complex and often insidious relationship with the world - a world wherein that which passes for truth seems like fantasy, and lies contain no monsters or miracles but are indistinguishable from the reality of experience.
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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

The Name Odyssey The Odyssey is named from the Greek form of the name of its hero, Odysseus, just as the Iliad is named from Ilios, the Greek name for the city of Troy, These two poems, written in hexameter verse, stand at the beginning ...

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Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 9781602068261

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

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For a work that is a foundational text not merely of modern literature but of all of Western civilization, it's surprising how little is known of its origins. The epic adventure The Odyssey was originally told in oral form and may have been written down for the first time in the 8th century BC. We attribute the work to the Greek poet Homer, but little is known about him, or if, indeed, the author was but a single person. What is certain, though, is that The Odyssey is absolutely required reading for anyone who wishes to be considered truly educated and literate even today, nearly three thousand years after it was first written. This replica of 1911 edition presents the 1851 translation by THEODORE ALOIS BUCKLEY (1825-1856), a highly readable rendition of the nine-year journey of the solider Odysseus as he returns home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. It's a compelling translation that makes plain how strikingly modern Homer's writing was, with its nonlinear plot fleshed out by flashbacks and driven as much by the actions of ordinary mortals-even women and slaves!-as it is by men of heroic stature and the gods themselves. As entertaining as it is edifying, this is one of humanity's grandest literary achievements.
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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

The character of the two poems is , indeed , essentially different . The Iliad is a tale of the camp and the battle - field : the Odyssey combines the romance of travel with that of domestic life . The key - note of the Iliad is glory ...

Author: Homer

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044085124956

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HOMER THE ODYSSEY

HOMER THE ODYSSEY

260 And then , when they had avoided the spears of the suitors , Godly Odysseus , who had endured much , began speaking to them : “ My friends , let me say myself that we , too , right now Should shoot into the throng of suitors who are ...

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The Odyssey of Homer

The Odyssey of Homer

Engelmann , R . , and Anderson , W . C . F . : Pictorial Atlas to Homer ' s Iliad and Odyssey , London , 1892 . ... The. Palace. of. Minos. ,. 4. vols . ,. London. ,. 1921. –. 1936 . Finley , M . I . : The World of Odysseus , London ...

Author: Homer

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ISBN: UCSC:32106005772329

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The Iliad the Odyssey and the Epic Tradition

The Iliad  the Odyssey  and the Epic Tradition

For instance, the inner contemplation by Achilles about killing Agamemnon takes place in the external dialogue with Athena (compare Odysseus addressing his own soul in external dialogue). The authors relate this to the psychology of ...

Author: Charles Rowan Beye

Publisher: Gordian PressInc

ISBN: UVA:X000141896

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Poems of Alexander Pope The Odyssey of Homer Books XIII XXIV

The Poems of Alexander Pope  The Odyssey of Homer  Books XIII XXIV

Age : So that in this latter piece we may compare him to the setting Sun, which has still the same greatness but not ... I spoke of the Odyssey only to show, that the greatest Poets when their genius wants strength and warmth for the ...

Author: Alexander Pope

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105003778854

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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

So then in the daytime she would weave the mighty web , and in the night unravel the same , when she had let place the torches by ... Thither too came the dear son of divine Odysseus out of sandy Pylos , voyaging with his black ship .

Author: Homerus

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ISBN: UCSD:31822000502989

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The Odyssey An Instructional Guide for Literature

The Odyssey  An Instructional Guide for Literature

However, most scholars today believe that The Odyssey was composed during the 700s bce . Whatever the date of the poem's composition, tales of its hero, Odysseus, had almost certainly been in circulation for centuries by this time .

Author: Jennifer Kroll

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 9781425889944

Category: Education

Page: 72

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Explore a mythical world and encourage students to analyze various story elements through the fun, challenging activities and lessons provided in this instructional guide for literature. This guide is the perfect tool to aid students in analyzing and comprehending this timeless story. Appealing and challenging cross-curricular lessons and activities incorporate research-based literacy skills to help students become thorough readers. These lessons and activities work in conjunction with the text to teach students how to analyze and comprehend story elements in multiple ways, practice close reading and text-based vocabulary, determine meaning through text-dependent questions, and much more.
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