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Transcript of Ithaca
Despite his reputation as one of Greece's finest poets he never lived in Greece, living in Liverpool during his youth and Alexandria later.
Worked for the Egyptian Ministry of Public Works for 30 years.
Most of his poems were written after he turned 40.
Passed away at the age of 70. Central Assertion Imagery "Hope the journey is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery" (lines 2-3, stanza 1)
meaning: pray to learn.
"Laistrygonians, cyclops, angry Poseidon-don't be afraid of them: you'll never find things like that on your way as long as you keep your thoughts raised high" (lines 4-7, stanza 1)
meaning: make the best out of situations and the situation becomes irrelevant
"She has nothing left to give you now. And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you." (lines 34-35, stanzas 3 & 4)
meaning: if you don't take anything out of the journey it is your fault. Tone In the poem, ‘Ithaca’, the tone appears to be exuberant. The poem is about one’s enthusiasm towards the journey to Ithaca (The land of Odysseus’ origin). Words such as lofty (Line 7, Stanza 1) are used to express the character being gallant and fearless on the journey to Ithaca. In line 11 and 12 the word ‘soul’ is used to represent the metaphoric meaning in the poem. Commonly used words to express a happy and expressive tone are used such as ‘joy’(Line 15, Stanza 2) and ‘sensuous’(Lines 22-23, Stanza 2). Importance of Title The title of the poem relates to the allusion of the poem. Connections to the Author Having lived a much troubled life, "Ithaka" may be a reflection of the wisdom gained by the author.
The story is also a classic Greek tale and the author might be reconnecting with his heritage. Connections to Modern Life The journey described has a direct reference to the life of people. We have goals and things we want to accomplish but in the end we will always learn a lot on our "journey". The poem alludes to Odysseus' journey home to Ithaka, and is metaphor for life's journey; the journey is more important than the destination. "You will enter ports seen for the first time. Stop at Phoenician markets, and purchase the fine goods, nacre and coral, amber and ebony"(lines 17-20, stanza 2) Creates vivid imagery that also serves as a metaphor for other treasures of life. Metaphors Ithaca is the homeland of Odysseus and his journey home represents the maturing of one's soul. Bibliography "C. P. Cavafy." : The Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2013.
"C.P. Cavafy - Poems - The Canon." C.P. Cavafy - Poems - The Canon. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2013.