The Language of Homer in the Character Odysseus

Philosophy / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
An analysis of Homer’s style of writing in his poems `The Iliad` and `The Odyssey.`

This paper looks at the language used by Homer in his poems, `The Iliad,` and `The Odyssey.` Homer’s life is detailed, as is the speculation that the poems may have been written at a different time than originally thought. The author also poses the idea that Homer was a storyteller, more than a poet, and perhaps, he was telling the stories as they were happening, and not from an historical point of view. It also looks at his contribution to the world of literature, as he was the first great author and his style set the standard which was copied for many years.
“The second half of the poem begins with Odysseus’s arrival at his home island of Ithaca. Here, exercising infinite patience and self-control, Odysseus tests the loyalty of his servants; plots and carries out a bloody revenge on Penelope’s suitors; and is reunited with his son, his wife, and his aged father. Homer depicts Odysseus as a great leader and the way that he unravels the mysteries at home are very cleverly written to create this. Homer uses subtlety in his narrative to create the language needed to uncover the plots villains and return Odysseus to his throne. With the morphic qualities that influenced Ovid we find that even Odysseus was not above the creativity of changing his beloved hero into a dog to trick his enemies. This relationship in the narrative and the poetical language that creates this transformation is the classical essence of how Homer communicates to his audience. This the true color of poetics that he captures in telling the story and makes Odysseus all the more incredible in his presentation.”


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