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Ithaca

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Ashlyn Payne

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Transcript of Ithaca

ITHACA History First Stanza: Hope for a long journey to Ithaca. Take the adventures to heart and appreciate them in their wholeness, but don't get big-headed after seeing all of the extravagant things. Second Stanza: Don't rush during your journey. Appreciate what every city along the way has to offer. Buy things at the markets and learn as much as you can from the people. Third Stanza: Keep Ithaca in mind and don't forget it because that is where you want to go. Remember not to hurry. It is better if it takes you a long time, even if it takes you until you are old, because you are learning things during your journey. Fourth Stanza Without going to Ithaca, you never would have seen all that you have. Ithaca has given you all of your adventures and that is Ithaca's gift to you. Ithaca has no more to offer to you. Fifth Stanza If Ithaca is poor when you get there, you have not been cheated. With everything you have learned and the experiences you have gained, these things will make it YOUR Ithaca. Ithaca is different for everyone.
(It is what you make of it) Lofty: words, writing, or speech that are elevated in style, tone or sentiment.

Phoenician: A native or inhabitant of Phoenicia, an ancient Kingdom on the Mediterranean sea, which took up present day Syria, Lebanon, and Israel

Amber: A pale yellow or red-brown fossil resin that is used to make jewelry.

Ebony: A hard, heavy, and durable wood that is usually dark and is used to make furniture

Isle: A small island

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Constantine P. Cavafy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1863. He is known for his most famous piece: Ithaca, written in 1911. In 1873, Cavafy's family was struggling due to economic stress. Because of the hard times, he and his family were forced to move to Liverpool, England. During the move, Cavafy-age 9, was exposed to poetry. He fell in love with writing at the age of sixteen when he moved back to Alexandria, and then became a journalist for 30 years. He started publishing his poetry in 1891 but only for his close friends to view. Eventually, he published his poem: Ithaca, addressing a Greek hero named Odysseus and his long journey back home. In the poem, the narrator advises the traveler that he should enjoy the "little things" of the long trip instead of dreading it. C.P. Cavafy died of cancer at the age of 70 in 1933. He is now known as the one of the best Greek poets in history, and his work is read all around the world C.P. Cavafy Allusions:
Ithaca alludes to the Odyssey and Odysseus's travels and adventures
"Laistrygonians, Cyclopes, Wild Poseidon" refers to the obstacles that Odysseus had to overcome
Literary Devices The whole poem is a metaphor about life. The "long road" refers to the path of life that everyone must travel. "Visiting many Egyptian cities" means going through experiences in life. "Learning from their scholars" means learning at school and from your mistakes and experiences in life. "Laistrygonians, Cyclopes, wild Poseidon" refers to the obstacles one must go through in life. Ithaca refers to the "end of the road" or retirement. Ashlyn Payne, Grace Stigers, Nikki Friedberg, Jonathan Lin, Mia Biele
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