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Transcript of Ithaca
(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
Defrauded: To deprive of a right, money, or property by a fraud, or crime
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