Homer’s Rhetorical imagery in Book 9: In the One-Eyed Giant’s Cave
Homer’s Odyssey is filled with the several different dimensions of literary strengths he possessed as a poet. The strong use of imagery is a reoccurring theme throughout his work Homer’s gift of description is the focus point of every book in the Odyssey, especially in book nine: In the One-Eyed Giant’s Cave. In book nine of the Odyssey Homer used imagery as well as literary devices to convey his gift of description to his audience. Throughout this paper Homer’s usage of imagery in book 9: In the One-Eyed Giant’s Cave of his work the Odyssey will be analyzed and documented.
The imagery of food is a reoccurring theme throughout Homer’s Odyssey, Homer paints vivid pictures of lavish banquets of wine, meat and cheese in book 9 for his audience. Homer is appealing to not only the sight of his reader’s but their sense of taste as well, when describing the food in his work Homer conveys it as being in abundance there is always “too much” or “flowing” this was an important factor especially when alluring to a poor crowd.
“heaped with bread and meats, and drawing wine from a mixing-bowl
the steward makes his rounds and keeps the winecups flowing” (Homer 9.9-10) In lines 9- 10 of book nine Homer uses rhetoric such as “heaped”, “rounds”, and “flowing” to describe a feast, the richness of the text is depicted so well the reader can fully emerge one’s self into the scene of the dining hall and experience it. This is a powerful literary strength Homer possesses it offers a mental vacation for his hungry readers (hungry for both food and adventure).
Homer’s use of similes restricts the audience from forming their own original thoughts about how the imagery being portrayed i...
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...eir brains gushed out all over, soaked the floor—
And ripping them limb from limb to fix his meal
He bolted them down like a mountain-lion, left no scrap,
devoured entrails, flesh and bones, marrow and all!” (Homer 9.227-230) the imagery Homer uses is outstanding and definitely advanced for his time. Homer could have easily depicted the scene where Polyphemus becomes intoxicated as him just simply passing out but including the vomit really shows the audience how extremely drunk he was.
“as wine came spurting, flooding up from his gullet
with chunks of human flesh—he vomited, blind drunk” (Homer 9.418-419).
Book nine: In the One-Eyed Giant’s Cave of Homer’s Odyssey use of imagery, literally devices and rhetoric show Homer’s gift of description as a poet. Throughout this paper several lines of the epic were analyzed and documented to depict Homer’s strengths of ima
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