Odysseus and his men reach a new place, the quote describes the looks of the place, the goats, the ram, the laurel, and most importantly, they find a cavern.
They were exploring the cave of the cyclops waiting for the cyclops to return. They wait for the cyclops hospitality when the cyclops. Unfortunately the cyclops didn't believe in hospitality.
The cyclops were very disrespectful, this angers Odysseus . As Odysseus was about to kill the cyclops, he realized that he would be locked in the cave.
"'As we rowed on, and nearer to the mainland, at one end of the bay, we saw a cavern yawning above the water, screened with laurel, and many rams and goats about the place...' (Homer 80-84)"
Odysseus trys giving special wine that could make anybody respect him. In the process, Odysseus lies and says he is nohbody and the cyclops gave a no better gift. Odysseus gets angry and stabs Polyphemus in the eye.
"'We climbed, then, briskly to the cave. But cyclops had gone afield, to pasture his fat sheep, so we looked round at everything inside...'( Homer 116-118)"
Polyphemus was helpless because everybody outside thought nobody was bothering him. The rest of the crew and Odysseus waited withing the sheep and waited until morning.
Nohbdy tricked me, Nohbdy's ruined me!
"'My heart beat high now at chance of action, and drawing the sharp sword from my hip I went along his flank to stab him where the midriff holds the liver. I had touched the spot when sudden fear stayed me: if I killed him we perished there as well, for we could never move his ponderous doorway slab aside.' (Homer 203-209)"
Odysseus escapes using the sheep and taunts the cyclops on his journey back home.
"'Cyclops, try some wine. Here's liquor to wash down your scraps of men...' (Homer 256-257)" "'Nohbdy's my meat,then, after I eat his friends. Others come first. There's a noble gift, now.' (Home 276-278)" "'Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike deep in the embers, charring it again...' (Homer 282-285)"
"'Nohbdy, Nohbdy's tricked me, Nohbdy's runied me.' (Homer 316-118)" "'I took, the woolliest ram, the choicest of the flock, and hung myself under his kinky belly, pulled up tight, with fu=ingers twisted deep in sheepskin ringlets for an iron grip. So, breathing hard, we waited until morning.' (Homer 341-346)
"'He sent us into the open, then. Close by, I dropped and rolled clear of the ram's belly, going this way and that to untie the men. ' (Homer 374-376)" "'O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions?' (Homer 390)"