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Yr 8 poetry/classics: CIRCE. The story so far…. After escaping Polyphemus , Odysseus has continued to wander through the Mediterranean and eventually lands an the Island of Circe – an enchantress

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Yr 8 poetry classics circe

Yr 8 poetry/classics:CIRCE


The story so far
The story so far….

  • After escaping Polyphemus, Odysseus has continued to wander through the Mediterranean and eventually lands an the Island of Circe – an enchantress

  • ON the journey he has further upset the Gods and released all the winds that troment sailors from a bag which he was told never to open…

  • When they land on the island, some of the men approach Circe’s home and are turned into pigs

  • Odysseus tricks Circe and she releases the men from the spell

  • After a year (!) they continue the journey

  • Circe orders them to descend to the underworld to pay their respects to a dead colleague who fell overboard earlier in the journey


Biography
BIOGRAPHY:

  • A minor Goddess, daughter of Helios (The Sun)

  • Imprisoned on her island after murdering her husband

  • Transforms men into wild animals

  • Wants to seduce Odysseus

  • He avoids her spells and the pair settle down for a year.

  • She gives important advice about the journey.


Activities
Activities

  • Apart from working closely with a passage of the Odyssey, you will be discussing an interesting modern poem based on this myth

  • You may be required to respond in a creative manner to a story which has inspired artists throughout History.


Think
THINK…

  • After leaving Circe, Odysseus is sent ot the underworld where he sees souls in torment and in paradise.

  • If you could visit someone long since dead, who would you choose and why?

  • What would be your criteria for judging someone to be a hero or someone worth talking to?


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