The Blind Bard Demodokos of the Odyssey and His Themes

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at how the sense of entrapment and danger, the sense of adventure, the sense of illicit love, the sense of enticing women, the sense of the power of the gods and the sense of questing all appear in Demodokos’ song and are all major themes in the e

` Demodokos, the `blinded minstrel` (299) is a major figure in Book VIII of The Odyssey. As such, he can be potentially viewed as a special creation in which Homer, the `singer` of The Odyssey has inserted a character that might represent himself. Some of the themes of the song of `Ares dalliance with Aphrodite`(299), recapitulate in miniature the certain major themes of the longer epic. The sense of entrapment and danger, the sense of adventure, the sense of illicit love, the sense of enticing women, the sense of the power of the gods, the sense of questing all appear in the song and are all major themes in the epic itself. Most interesting of all, however, is the idea of the blind minstrel with incredible knowledge who pleases Odysseus with his tale. Demodokos is Homer’s indirect tribute to himself, but Homer slyly plays with the reader’s perceptions of Demodokos with the ensuing reaction to the song.`


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