Project #56515 - Short Paragraph

Reread the last three stanzas from “Ithaka” by Constantine Cavafy and read the article "Back From War, but Not Really Home" Write a 2-3 paragraph typed response. Provide quotes from the poem, article and book. 

 

Keep Ithaka always in your mind. 

Arriving there is what you are destined for. 

But do not hurry the journey at all. 

Better if it last for years, 

so you are old by the time you reach the island, 

wealthy with all you have gained on the way, 

not expecting Ithaka to make you rich. 

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey. 

Without her you would not have set out. 

She has nothing left to give you now. 

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you. 

Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, 

you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean. 

 

What does it mean to “come home”? Consider Odysseus’s journey home to Ithaca and the symbolism of “home.” (L.9-10.5a-b) While he returned home in the literal sense, did he return to the same place as he left? Write a reflection in which you determine which is more important to the development of Odysseus’ character and a theme of the epic—the journey or the goal?

 

Article Link : http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/opinion/08alexander.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/06/2015 06:00 am
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