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Compare and contrast Cavafy’s “Ithaka” with Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “Ulysses.” In what ways are the two poems similar and how do they differ?

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Read the sections of the Odyssey in which the Laistrygonians and the Cyclops appear. What do you think these creatures represented to Cavafy? Why did Cavafy choose to mention these, of all the obstacles that Odysseus encountered, in his poem? Write an essay explaining your choices.

It is often said that “life is a journey, not a destination.” What is meant by this phrase and what meaning might it have in your own life?

Write your own poem to a modern Odysseus, or any traveler, giving him what you think is the most appropriate advice for his journey. Use the form of Cavafy’s poem, including the use of the second person, as a guide.

Describe a recent achievement of your own in any field of endeavor, splitting the account into two sections: the process (the journey) and the completed task (the destination). Decide which was more valuable to you, the journey or the destination. Can you think of an occasion where you did not achieve your intended goal but still found value in the process of trying to achieve it?

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