As we discussed in this week's lecture, the Odyssey is foundational not only to Greek literature, but to literature and literary archetypes as a whole. One of the hallmarks of keystone literary works is their ability to foster imitations and retellings -- just think how many good books have been reinterpreted through film and television! Certainly, Homer is no exception: it serves as the basis for many such spin-offs including a Broadway musical ("The Golden Apple" by Latouche/Moross), several famous works of poetry (the Cantos by Ezra Pound, for example), and a handful of films like Cold Mountain, Big Fish, and the comical O Brother, Where Art Thou?
This week, I have selected a few of the poems that retell the familiar story through a different perspective:
1) "Penelope" by Dorothy Parker
2) "Ithaka" by C. P. Cavafy
3) "Telamachus' Fancy" by Louise Gluck
Short Answer Post: Pick one of these poems and explain how it "retells" the Odyssey.