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Ithaka Analysis



Author: Poetry of C.P. Cavafy Type: Poetry Views: 545

1894As 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.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,

wild Poseidon-you won't encounter them

unless you bring them along inside your soul,

unless your soul sets them up in front of you.Hope your road is a long one.

May there be many summer mornings when,

with what pleasure, what joy,

you enter harbors you're seeing for the first time;

may you stop at Phoenician trading stations

to buy fine things,

mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,

sensual perfume of every kind-

as many sensual perfumes as you can;

and may you visit many Egyptian cities

to learn and go on learning from their scholars.Keep Ithaka always in your mind.

Arriving there is what you're destined for.

But don't hurry the journey at all.

Better if it lasts for years,

so you're old by the time you reach the island,

wealthy with all you've gained on the way,

not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.

Without her you wouldn't have set out.

She has nothing left to give you now.And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.

Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,

you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.





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Ithaka is one of the most profound of all modern poems. It is full of wisdom and a sublime enjoyment of all the worthwhile pleasures that life has to offer. \'You will arrive wise and experienced...\'

| Posted on 2012-12-12 | by a guest


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Ithaka is one of the most profound of all modern poems. It is full of wisdom and a sublime enjoyment of all the worthwhile pleasures that life has to offer. \'You will arrive wise and experienced...\'

| Posted on 2012-12-12 | by a guest


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Ithaka is about about facing fears and enjoying life for the things that are most important in shaping us as human beings. Experiences, and the wisdom that is gained from them. It is an inspirational poem and i use it as a reminder when i find myself in a comfort zone and i have doubts or fear about setting upon a new adventure in life.

| Posted on 2010-11-26 | by a guest


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The poem \'Ithaca\' according to me, concentrates more on a journey which is neither good nor bad.It is an emphasis on the journey rather than the moral issues about life. The destination is neither hell nor heaven....how did we enjoy the journey that began at birth..that is what matters...For Odysseus the real journey of his life was after the Trojan War...learning in the true sense of the term began only then.

| Posted on 2010-09-05 | by a guest


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my favorite poem of all time!
Basically saying life is a journey. It\'s all about the climb and not what\'s on the other side.. Learn from others, and be confident in your dreams...after all life is a journey...success is a journey...life is a climb but the view is great..and when you get there, it doesn\'t matter if it offers you riches or turns out to be the opposite of what you\'re looking for...but atleast you\'ll learn the meaning of what it takes to get there...

| Posted on 2010-08-13 | by a guest


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The poem is talking about reaching one's supreme goal in life.It tells us that then journey though is worth more to us than reaching our goal.For it will better us and help us find ourselves.Thats why this poem has so many different interpretations ,because everyone has their own prime goal in life and we all are working to reach it whether it be fame,fortune,love or wealth.We all have something to learn from this poem.

| Posted on 2010-06-06 | by a guest


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to me ithaca captures quite beautifully how there is no ultimate purpose in life, aside from living it at its fullest. i also love how he stresses how e grow from traveling and learning the minds of other people

| Posted on 2009-10-30 | by a guest


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ithaka is about ur self.
is about your soul being troubled and confused with everyone telling you otherwise.
but its you who was eventually born and "you", like an other great thinker, Nelson Mandela, has articulated , "are not less than a tree or a bird".
You make the desicions of your own life . and the consequences think of them but please don't lose your self into them.
accept life's difficulties and dont accuse ur self because this is how common people do. but accept them as part of life. and throughout trying to go for what you like, these difficulties will offer excitment so dont focus on the difficulties.

| Posted on 2009-04-11 | by a guest


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Ithaca is our destination in life. It is the journey and not the destination that is stressed here. It's about the importance of not being so consumed with achieving perfection that we miss the excitement and wisdom gained from what most would consider the mistakes we make in our youth. Live adventurously and realize that even your mistakes are worth making and actually add something invaluable to your life. Perfect is boring. Perfect people attract more boring people and after a perfectly boring life we will eventually stop and wonder "when does the fun start?". By then our lives are almost over and there is no time to enjoy the fun, albeit reckless, adventures that make a life memorable.
Enjoy the road to Ithaca because that's what we'll remember, not the end but the fun we had going there.

| Posted on 2009-01-31 | by a guest


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i think ithaca is the place you want to get
to in life. The author explains the tough
things life that we may come across if we
have the wrong attitude towards a situation
im new in this analysis :]

| Posted on 2008-09-03 | by a guest


.: More than being upbeat :.

Ithaka is not purely life or death. Ithaka is rest Ithaka is settling Ithaka is the end of new thought and action. He isnt just advocating thinking positively or living life to the fullest it is much more than that. Odysseus journey to Ithaka was horrible it was terrifying but he survived it and he truly experienced the highs and the lows of life he wasnt sleeping through his existence like most people do. He wasnt on this journey for fun he was doing what needed to be done he

| Posted on 2008-01-06 | by a guest


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I disagree...
I think that Ithaca in this poem represents the end of life, in other words heaven. Cavafy wants to remind us not to rush through life, but to cherish every moment of it, to experience the fullness of it before it's too late. He says to not think of life a curse, but rather a gift. As long as you appreciate that gift, nothing bad will come your way.
In short, experience the world!
"Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out"

| Posted on 2007-08-28 | by a guest


.: 1st analysis :.

C.P. Cavafy seems to be referring to Ithaka as being life in this poem. He’s saying life is an adventure, full of discovery.
As you travel through life you have obstacles placed in front of you, “Laistrygonians, Cyclops, and Poseidon” but if you keep positive and believe in yourself and your values in life, you shall be prosperous.
You also gain from your experiences “mother of pearl, coral, amber, and ebony”.
The poem also talks about “don’t hurry” through life, “Hope your road is a long one” and it is “Better if it lasts for years” because if you take life as it comes and think well of yourself, well then you shall be quite “wealthy with all you have gained on the way”.
Ithaka refers to life and the wisdom you’ve gain along the way as being valuable, not great riches. Knowledge and happiness if far more valuable than money could ever be.
Cavafy uses imagery in this poem quite well. He compares life to objects and monsters so the reader can easily identify with what is being said. This really helps to define what is good and bad in life.
Analysis by David :P

| Posted on 2005-09-22 | by Approved Guest




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