Odysseus and Penelope

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Odysseus and Penelope

Postby Saturn » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:22 pm

I've been listening to Ian McKellan reading Robert Fagles' [RIP] translation of The Odyssey and, after much searching, found this poem I wrote on the subject.

Odysseus and Penelope

Far away from home
To cursed Troy's walls
I sailed to black war;
Many young Trojans
I slayed, many men
And comrades fell
So I could return
And see you again.

But the gods are stern
And many traps laid,
Springes to catch and
Hold me from my love.
Nor the oblivious Lotus
Nor huge Cyclops loath
Could check my course
To home and heart.

Enchantresses toyed
With my desires; Sirens
Sang their sweetest song
Yet my ears and eyes
Were forever closed
To such tempting bait.
Your charms snare me
More than any Goddess.

Through many storms
I directed my sail,
But no wave could
Ever damp my zeal.
Nor hunger nor thirst
Fullfill my one desire
To gorge on your face
Or drink in your eyes.

Do you for your part
Keep faith with me?
Do you work hard
To stall the jealous
And lascivious wooers
That no doubt mass
In military formation
Around your doors?

Do you spin and weave
An illusion of their hopes
Yet in your heart remain
My true and loyal wife?
What tests, what more
Trials must I endure
Before I see you again?
"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".
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Re: Odysseus and Penelope

Postby Pjerrot » Thu May 27, 2010 3:16 am

I very much liked this one. It reminded me a bit of the tiny pieces of Ovid's Epistulae Heroidum that I've read. John William Waterhouse's painting of "Penelope and the Suitors" came to mind as well.
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Re: Odysseus and Penelope

Postby gstormcrow » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:55 pm

A truly epic quest for love masterfully told without sounding too labored or lengthy. Well done!
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