A House Divided

Posted July 5, 2019 4:34 am by Christian Daru

A House Divided

In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus recounts all of his exploits to the Phaeacians before his final journey home. One of the more memorable moments from this part of the epic is when Odysseus speaks of his time on Calypso’s island. He says that Calypso showered upon him all kinds of pleasures including physical intimacy. She even enticed him with the promise of making him immortal. However, Odysseus says, “She never won the heart inside of me, never” (Book 7 lines 280 – 300). The implication here is that one can bifurcate their inner feelings and desires from outward expressions of love

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