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Everyone is given the opportunity to take the odyssey that is life however it is important to make the journey as memorable as one possibly can The poem Ithaca by CP Cavafy suggests that what is most important in life is the experience that is incorporated with the journey not necessarily just reaching the ultimate goal It is the quest not the destination which matters most This message is conveyed through the poem through the use of allusion myth and symbolism The poem Ithaca is based loosely around the great epic the Odyssey by ancient Greek poet Homer In the Odyssey the character Odysseus trying to make his way home to his kingdom Ithaca The character faces many vicious creatures and other challenges he must endure in order to make it to the final goal This is alluded to in the poem by making reference to one of the characters starting out on his journey to Ithaca line 1 CP Cavafy also refers to mythological creatures such as the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon line 5 as well as the Lestrygonians line 6 posing as obstacles during the journey just as they did in the Odyssey The allusion to the myth of the Odyssey is appropriate for the meaning the poet is trying to convey References to the Odyssey evoke thoughts of going on a journey which may include obstacles new experiences and the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge This is central to what the poem Ithaca is suggesting about the journey of life The journey of life is all about the experiences that one encounters the knowledge that is gained and the deeper appreciation for the journey not just for attaining the goal The poem is somewhat faithful to the myth of the Odyssey CP Cavafy does not distort the myth in any way but rather leaves out many of the events that occurred in the Odyssey that perhaps were not
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