Allusions In The Iliad

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1) One example of an allusion in Walden is to the ancient Greek poet Homer. This poet wrote The Odyssey and The Iliad which are also alluded to in the novel. The Odyssey was an epic Greek poem that described the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy. The Iliad was a Greek poem that also described the siege of Troy. The quote that alludes to these great pieces of literature is “It was Homer’s requiem; itself an Iliad and Odyssey in the air, singing its own wrath and wanderings” (Thoreau 58). He uses these allusions to enhance his description of the Walden Pond and show how the pond showed this “everlasting vigor and fertility of the world” (Thoreau 58).
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