Adventure Essays

Close Reading of Merwin’s Odysseus

The subject in W.S. Merwin’s poem “Odysseus” feels comfortable only at sea, and, because such a notion is atypical, he cannot articulate or understand where his true home actually is. oAt peace at sea: “patience / He has wedded to” Numerous islands, but “one to call ‘home’,” even though he Merwin never specifies which island Odysseus really calls home  “which … / Was the one he kept sailing home to?” •W.S. Merwin’s speaker in “Odysseus” is concerned about his romantic…

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