" Sailing Life (II) - 3 millennia, 3 Poets and the Ionian sea ( video - TURN SOUND ON and 9 images) " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com 2018 Magical : while racing round the Ionian islands with 120 other yachts, in a teak built yawl , Moonspray, made for transatlantic racing, we mused on the fact that the islands are made famous by three poets spanning 2500 years: Homer ( Iliad and Odyssey 762 BC), and then later by Lord Byron ( Death by malaria, 1810), and Cafavy ( Ithaka, 1894) ⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵
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The Iliad and Odyssey are regarded as the most important poems in the West European canon, set in acrylic hexameter they tell of the ten year Trojan war caused by the seduction and abduction of the most beautiful Helen, and the return of Odysseus to reclaim his own wife, Penelope. 🤩
Byron wrote of his illness:
" On a cold room's floor, within a bed
Of iron, with three coverlids like lead
A coat and breeches, dangling o'er a nook
Where sits a doctor, and prescribes a puke
Poor B-r-n sweats - alas! how changed from him
So plump in feature, and so round in limb "
Cafavy's lyrical poem Ithaka( see also separate post for whole poem and images of Ithaca): " As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Laistrygonians, Cyclops, angry Poseidon—don't be afraid of them: you'll never find things like that on your way as long as you keep your thoughts raised high, as long as a rare excitement stirs your spirit and your body...."
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