'"The Odyssey," as was said by a Greek who lived more than twenty-three centuries ago, "is a fair mirror of human life." If Dante is a fair mirror of man's moral life and Shakespeare of his intellectual life, Homer mirrors above all man's relation to nature and to himself. Thus in the Odyssey the action, the descriptions, and the mythology, caught in from a still earlier age, show the wide world itself; and Odysseus is the prototype of all who would travel and learn. While on the one hand he wishes to know all the earth -- even the lower world -- he has fixed resolve to return home; he is longing ever to see "if it were but the smoke of his house rising up."'
30 August 2009 @ 09:42 pm