a prodigious man slept in this alone, and took his flocks to graze afield remote from all companions knowing none but savage ways, a brute so hugehe seemed no man at of those who eat good wheten...

a prodigious man slept in this alone, and took his flocks to graze afield remote from all companions knowing none but savage ways, a brute so huge

he seemed no man at of those who eat good wheten bread but he seemed rather a shaggy mountain reared in solitude.

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You tagged this with interpreting. I imagine you are looking for some help interpreting this quote from your literature book about The Cyclops section of The Odyssey.

First, you have some characterization of the cyclops named Polyphemus, but also cyclopes in general. They stick to themselve, and are very uncivilized. They have no remnants of culture that indicates they want to be together socially. We know this from the words, "alone", "remote", and "solitude". We learn that they raise sheep or goats as he toook his flocks to graze.

We also get the image and metaphor of the cyclops being a "shaggy mountain." This must mean he was rather large, mammoth to be specific. The word shaggy might describe a lazy, withdrawn, or haunched-looking fellow. It also further characterizes him.

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