What's the shift in C. P. Cavafy's "Ithaka"?

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C. P. Cavafy’s Ithaka (or Ithaca, 1911) is a philosophical and didactic poem on the Homeric theme of homecoming. The background of this poem is Odysseus’s return to his native Ithaka after many years of adventures, wanderings, losses, and homelessness.

In Cavafy’s poem, Ithaka becomes a symbol of home in a spiritual sense. Here, the poet talks about this dear island as the goal of his addressee’s life, the final destination of all the earthly journeys. It is a place of true belonging, an abode of all human hopes and dreams.

Addressing his reader, the poet asks him to...

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