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Friday, December 26, 2003



Hey, it was nice to finally get a comment and I was glad to hear how much you appreciate the Odyssey. I am a grad student and recently read it again myself. I could'nt agree with you more about the scenic necessity of fire and sea to really encourage the old brain to imagine that magnificent world of Ancient Greece. It is hard for us pavement (non cobble stone walkers) sometimes to bend our imaginations so far as to see in our minds still what was once so easy for the Athenians. But, if your daughter is having a little trouble getting into Homer now, maybe, though I realize ninth grade may be a little to early, and make it difficult for one to feel right handing information about Joyce, to someone so young, well it might help. Besides that there is a lovely poem, called Omeros, by Derek Walcott, a caribean author, that is also a unique masterpiece based on allusions to the Odyssey. It is fascinating, the fact that nearly all literature relates to the adventure plot of Odysseus and his men and son, may help you come up with an idea as how to inspire your daughter to appreciate that which you obviously wish she might, as it is so worth appreciation, as are so few things we scratch off in minutes today. Like this... thanks again Liz. Ta

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