"We beached there, and I told the crew/to stand by and keep watch over the ship;/ as for myself I took my twelve best fighters/ and went ahead" (93-96).
Nohbdy has ailed me!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Neither reply nor pity came from him,/but in one stride he clutched at my companions/and caught two in his hands like squirming puppies/to beat their brains out, spattering the floor"(91-94).
"Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike/deep in the embers, charring it again,and cheered my men along with battle talk/to keep their courage up: no quitting now.The pike of olive, green though it had been,/reddened and glowed as if about to catch"(282-287).
I am Odysseus of Ithaca!!!
"I drew it from the coals and my four fellows/gave me a hand, lugging it near the Cyclops/as more than natural force nerved them; straight/forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it/deep in his crater eye, and I leaned on it/turning it as a shipwright turns a drill/in planking, having men below to swing/the two-handled strap that spins it in the groove"(288-295).
"I tied them silently together, twining/cords of willow from the ogre’s bed;/then slung a man under each middle one/to ride there safely, shielded left and right./So three sheep could convey each man"(337-331).
"I hushed them, jerking head and eyebrows up,/and in a low voice told them: Load this herd;/move fast, and put the ship’s head toward the breakers./They all pitched in at loading, then embarked/and struck their oars into the sea" (383-387).