The Odyssey: Calypso The Sweet Nymph
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"As Book 5 begins, Zeus sends the god Hermes to tell Calypso to release Odysseus."
Calypso The Sweet Nymph
"Hermes explains that he has brought with an order from Zeus that Calypso must not detain Odysseus any longer but send him on his way home."
Calypso sees that Odysseus is clearly upset and explains to him the information she received from Zeus.
"O forlorn man, be still. Here you need grieve no more; you need not feel your life consumed here; I have pondered it, and shall help you go..."
Calypso is upset because she thinks that Odysseus wants to leave Penelope, his wife, is more pleasurable than herself.
"Can I be less desirable than she is? Less interesting? Less beautiful? Can mortals compare with goddesses in grace and form?"
Odysseus explains to Calypso that his wife does not even compare to her, but he still longs for the one he loves and his home land.
"My goddess, here is no cause for anger. My quite Penelope-how well I know-would seem a shade before your majesty death and old age being unknown to you, while she must die. Yet it true, each day I long for a sign of home."
"With Calypso's help, Odysseus build a raft and sets out to sea."
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