The Unity of the Odyssey

The Unity of the Odyssey

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Dimock proceeds Book by Homeric Book. At times he retells the epic tale. At others he dwells on this or that thematic highlight or difficulty. He draws on etymology, especially with reference to the names of the characters. It is the 'pain' which he hears out of the many-minded and much test Odysseus which gives the twenty-four Books their axis. But each angle of comprehension, each phiological and critical move is meant to demonstrate the unwavering coherence of the epic, the perfect appositeness of every episode, detail, seeming digression to the underlying design of the homecoming and of the restoration to Ithaea of justice, of a justice precisely tempered, ripened by pain. - George Steiner. (London). Time Literary Supplement.Here we have perhaps first and foremost the poeta#39;s desire to prevent impertinent questions about where Odysseus got these ... Kirke informs Odysseus that Teire- sias will tell him aquot;the way, and the measures of the path, /and your return, how you shall go ... She answers Odysseusa#39;s question aquot;Who will be my guide?/For Hades no one ever yet has reached by shipaquot; (10.501-2) by replying, aquot;Raise your mast, set your white sail, /and sit; the North Winda#39;s breath will take you thereaquot; ( 10.506-7).

Title:The Unity of the Odyssey
Author:George E. Dimock
Publisher:Univ of Massachusetts Press - 1989


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