My English assignment was to compose an original poem modeled after the Invocation in Book One of The Odyssey. For those unfamiliar with the text, translation of the passage follows: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 wiped from sight the day of their return.
Launch out on his story, Muse, daughter of Zeus,
Start from where you will--sing for our time, too.
Translation by Robert Fagles: [link]
Accompanying illustration found here: [link]
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