Treasure Island

Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov

(1787 - 1855 / Russia)

Odysseus' Fate


Through horrors of land and horrors of sea
Bereft and wandering, Odysseus,
God-fearing wretch, sought Ithaca;
Unfaltering, he plunged into the gloom of Hades;
The roar of fierce Charybdis and underwater Scylla's groans
Shook not his noble soul.
His patience vanquished cruel fate, it seemed,
And to the dregs he'd drunk the bitter cup.
It seemed the heav'ns were done with testing him
And drove him softly, slumbering,
To homeland's longed-for cliffs.
He waked: what then? He did not know his home.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: fate, home, sea, god, fear

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Odysseus' Fate by Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov )

Enter the verification code :

  • Danuta Glendenning (9/16/2006 6:15:00 PM)

    A very touching poem showing us man's attempt to reach the golden gate of heaven, only to find that all endeavours has been in vain. There is heaven outside us. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Three Small Fancies, Ananta Madhavan
  2. Sips through lips, Aftab Alam
  3. The Mature Woman 2, Tex T Sarnie
  4. Invitation for Re - Opening Ceremony!, sisirachandra vaduge
  5. Unbarreled Gun, Edwin Cordero
  6. Thread of thought, Roann Mendriq
  7. Baking Bread, Roann Mendriq
  8. Completion, White Lily
  9. Tears, Michael McParland
  10. Spin of a coin, Tribhawan Kaul

Poem of the Day

poet Geoffrey Chaucer

The firste stock-father of gentleness,
What man desireth gentle for to be,
Must follow his trace, and all his wittes dress,
Virtue to love, and vices for to flee;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  7. Tears, Michael McParland
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. Television, Roald Dahl
  10. A Ballad of Gentleness, Geoffrey Chaucer

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]