"I will make the crossing/ in my own ship.../ and find out what the mainland natives are..." (17-18)
"I wished/ to see the caveman, what he had to offer..." (75-76)
Odysseus and his men decide to go to a neighboring island to see if the natives are "wild savages" or "hospitable and god-fearing men." (19-20)
Odysseus's men wanted to go in, steal the cyclops's food, let out his animals, and then go unharmed. Odysseus turned them down, making them stay to face the cyclops.
The giant "swung/ high overhead a slab of solid rock/ to close the cave." (87-89) Odysseus begins to come up with a plan to escape.
Odysseus "rammed [the pike of olive] deep in [the cyclops] crater eye" and he and his men escaped under the skins of sheep. (236-237)
Polyphemous curses Odysseus, saying "let [Odysseus] come late,/ in bad case, with the loss of all his companions, in/ someone else's ship, and find troubles in his household." (533-535)
Odysseus shrugs off the curse, he says " [Zeus was] still was pondering on a way how all my strong-benched ships/ should be destroyed and all my eager companions."(554-555) Odysseus and his men make it off of the island and continue their journey.