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Many forms of popular culture today are inspired by themes characters and other references in various types of classical literature John Denvers song Calypso is about the relationship between men and women and he bases this comparison on the relationship between Kalypso and Odysseus in Homers the Odyssey In Calypso Denver portrays women in general as being superior to men by using the beautiful and enchanting goddess Kalypso from Homers epic John Denver encompasses all women in his song by providing Kalypso as a universal symbol Along with the relationship between Odysseus and Kalypso and men and women there are other interpreted allusions from the Odyssey to Kalypsos song The relationship between Odysseus and Kalypso influences Denvers song Denver uses Kalypso an immortal and enchanting goddess to represent women in our society In the relationship between Odysseus and Kalypso Odysseus is very inferior to the goddess He is held on an island for many years serving Kalypso with whatever she demands Kalypso wants a person whom she can experience companionship with and a person to lay beside her each night Odysseus obliges even though he claims he is under some sort of trance This trance or spell he is under is another example of how Kalypso has control over him This example relates to the overall theme Denver portrays that women are superior to men Kalypso has the power to control Odysseus against his will Along with the relationship between Odysseus and Kalypso many other allusions to the Odyssey influence Calypso In the first few lines of the song Denver says To sail on a dream on a crystal clear ocean to ride on the crest of a wild raging storm He uses this dream metaphor as a means to show that a dream can be like a nightmare or a fantasy This metaphor is influenced by Odysseus good and bad times on the sea There are many instances where Odysseus faces struggles on
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