Odysseus and his crew land on the island in a dense fog and spend days feasting on wine and wild goats and observe the mainland where the Cyclopes live.
Odysseus men ask: Why not take cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it?"
Odysseus trys to get the Cyclopse drunk.
Should destiny intend that he shall see his roof again among his family in his father land, far be that day, and dark the years between. Let him lose all companions, and return under strange sail to bitter days at home.
So with our brand we bored that great eye socketwhile blood ran out around the red hot bar.Eyelid and lash were seared; the pierced ballhissed broiling, and the roots popped. (356-359)
"So three sheep could convey each man. I tookthe woolliest ram, the choicest of the flock,and hung myself under his kinky belly,pulled up tight, with fingers twisted deepin sheepskin ringlets for an iron grip." (341-345)