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What are some similes in Book 5 of Homer's Odyssey? The Odyssey translated by Robert Fagles

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There are several similes in Book 5 of The Odyssey. In line 14 of Book 5, Athena says that Odysseus was "as kindly as a father to his children" as a leader of Ithaca. Later, as Odysseus is in a storm, his craft is tossed about in the following way: "Pell-mell the rollers tossed her along down-current/wild as the north wind tossing thistle along the fields/at high harvest" (lines 360-362). In this simile , the way in which the waves are tossing Odysseus's boat is compared to the way in which grain is tossed in the wind. When Ino spies Odysseus in the waves, "she broke from the waves like a shearwater on the...

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“and skimmed the waves like a sea-gull drenching the feathers of its wings with spray as it pursues the fish down fearsome troughs of the unharvested deep.” Describing Hermes flying down to Calypso's island to help Odysseus.

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