Homer Quotes (Author of The Odyssey)
Video SparkNotes: Homer's The Odyssey summary
Ah how shameless — the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone, they say, come all their miseries, yes, but they themselves, with their own reckless ways, compound their pains beyond their proper share. Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other The Odyssey quote. You should be ashamed yourselves, mortified in the face of neighbors living round about! Fear the gods' wrath — before they wheel in outrage and make these crimes recoil on your heads. Some of the words you'll find within yourself, the rest some power will inspire you to say. You least of all — I know — were born and reared without the gods' good will.
Many cities of men he saw and learned their minds,. But he could not save them from disaster, hard as he strove—. Launch out on his story, Muse, daughter of Zeus,. Analysis : The Odyssey begins with an epic invocation , an appeal to one of the muses, the nine goddesses of the arts. The ancient audience was already familiar with the legend of Odysseus and therefore knew the plot. The man in line 1 is obviously Odysseus.
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From what war is Odysseus attempting to return home?
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Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy. Many cities of men he saw and learned their minds, many pains he suffered, heartsick on the open sea, fighting to save his life and bring his comrades home. But he could not save them from disaster, hard as he strove — the recklessness of their own ways destroyed them all, the blind fools, they devoured the cattle of the Sun and the Sungod blotted out he day of their return. Launch out on his story, Muse, daughter of Zeus, start from where you will — sign for our time too. These are the words spoken at the commencement of The Odyssey. Here, the poet asks of the Muse for inspiration.