The Odyssey of Homer, Volume 2

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Reeves and Turner, 1887 - Epic poetry, Greek - 450 pages
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Page 132 - But whoso of all whom his heart or his soul now biddeth to try, Let him hither with me to be playing, since my wrath ye needs must stir, In boxing or wrestling or foot-race ; I begrudge in no play that is here With any man Phaeacian, save Laodamas, to contend; For he is my very guest-friend, and who would fight with a friend ? A fool were he of menfolk, and a worthless wight were he, Who on him that gave him harbour thrust the strife of mastery, 210 Amidst an outland people his own well-being to...
Page 71 - But unto the fields Elysian and the wide world's utmost end, Where dwells tawny Rhadamanthus, the Deathless thee shall send, Wherein are the softest life-days that men may ever gain; No snow and no ill weather, nor any drift of rain ; But Ocean ever wafteth the wind of the shrilly west, On menfolk ever breathing, to give them might and rest; Because thou hast wedded Helen, and God's son art said to be.
Page 241 - So he spake; but the Grey-eyed, the Goddess Athene, smiled and now She stroked him down with her hand and like to a woman did grow Comely and great of body, and deft fine things to make; So she sent her voice out toward him, and winged words she spake: 290 "Ah, cunning were he and shifty, who thee should overbear In guilefulness of all kinds, yea e'en if a god he were ! Thou hard one, shifty of rede, guile-greedy, nought wouldst thou From thy guilefulness refrain thee, nay not in thine own land now,...
Page 1 - TELL me, O Muse, of the Shifty, the man who wandered afar, After the Holy Burg, Troy-town, he had wasted with war ; He saw the towns of menfolk, and the mind of men did he learn ; As he warded his life in the world, and his fellow-farers...
Page 381 - ... in her strong hand took she the key that was shapely bent, And brazen and fair, with a handle thereto of ivory, And she went with her women of service to the outermost chamber on high, Wherein there lay together the treasure of the King, Both gold and brass and iron, well-wrought in the smithying. And therein lay the bent-back bow, and the shaft-full quiver lay there, Wherein were a many arrows the grief and the groan that bear, Which same were the gift of a friend, god-like, whom while agone...
Page 304 - Yet nought I know at all." So he spake; and the holy might of Telemachus smiled withal, And he cast his eyes on his father; but the swineherd's eyes did he shun. So their meat they dighted, and feasted now all their toil was done, And nought their souls were lacking of the equal feast and fain ; But when the longing for meat and for drink at last they have slain 480 Then they of the bed bethink them, and the gift of sleep they gain. BOOK XVII THE ARGUMENT TELEMACHUS GOETH TO THE TOWN AND TELLETH...
Page 396 - Straight-aimed, and of all the axes missed not a single head, From the first ring: through and through them, and out at the last it sped, The brass-shod shaft; and therewith to Telemachus spake he: The guest in thine halls a-sitting in nowise shameth thee, Telemachus. I missed not thy mark, nor overlong Toiled I the bow a-bending; stark yet am I and strong. Forsooth, the Wooers that shamed me no more may make me scorn! But now for these Achaeans is the hour and the season born To dight the feast...
Page 317 - So saying into the homestead of the happy place he passed, And straight to the hall he wended mid the Wooers overbold. But the murky doom of the death-day of Argus now took hold When he had looked on Odysseus in this the twentieth year.
Page 396 - Then straight, as a man well learned in the lyre and the song On a new pin lightly stretcheth the cord, and maketh fast From side to side the sheep-gut well-twined and overcast, So the mighty bow he bended with no whit of labouring, And caught it up in his right hand, and fell to try the string, That 'neath his hand sang lovely as a swallow's voice is fair. But great grief fell on the Wooers, and their skin changed colour there, And mightily Zeus thundered, and made manifest a sign ; And thereat...
Page 396 - With the song and the harp thereafter that crown the banquet's gain." So he spake; and with bent brow nodded, and Telemachus the lord, Dear son of the godlike Odysseus, girt on his whetted sword; His dear hand gripped the spear-shaft, and his father's side anear, He stood by the high-seat crested with the gleaming brazen gear. BOOK XXII THE ARGUMENT HEREIN IS TOLD OF THE SLAYING OF THE WOOERS IN THE HOUSE OF ODYSSEUS.

About the author (1887)

Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

Morris was the Victorian Age's model of the Renaissance man. Arrested in 1885 for preaching socialism on a London street corner (he was head of the Hammersmith Socialist League and editor of its paper, The Commonweal, at the time), he was called before a magistrate and asked for identification. He modestly described himself upon publication (1868--70) as "Author of "The Earthly Paradise,' pretty well known, I think, throughout Europe." He might have added that he was also the head of Morris and Company, makers of fine furniture, carpets, wallpapers, stained glass, and other crafts; founder of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings; and founder, as well as chief designer, for the Kelmscott Press, which set a standard for fine book design that has carried through to the present. His connection to design is significant. Morris and Company, for example, did much to revolutionize the art of house decoration and furniture in England. Morris's literary productions spanned the spectrum of styles and subjects. He began under the influence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti with a Pre-Raphaelite volume called The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858); he turned to narrative verse, first in the pastoral mode ("The Earthly Paradise") and then under the influence of the Scandinavian sagas ("Sigurd the Volsung"). After "Sigurd," his masterpiece, Morris devoted himself for a time exclusively to social and political affairs, becoming known as a master of the public address; then, during the last decade of his life, he fused these two concerns in a series of socialist romances, the most famous of which is News from Nowhere (1891).

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