Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Poul Anderson, Neil Gaiman and SM Stirling all quote James Elroy Flecker;
Stirling incorporates Odysseus/Ulyyses into an alternative history trilogy;
Flecker incorporates him into a poem -
who knows - who knows - but in that same
(Fished up beyond Aeaea, patched up new
- Stern painted brighter blue -)
That talkative, bald-headed seaman came
(Twelve patient comrades sweating at the oar)
From Troy's doom-crimson shore,
And with great lies about his wooden horse
Set the crew laughing, and forgot his course.
It was so old a ship - who knows, who knows?
- And yet so beautiful...
-copied from here.
Was Odysseus bald? A graphic novel shows him as long-haired. See image.
And is there an alternative reality with a still wandering Odysseus?
Flecker's poem begins:
I have seen old ships sail like swans asleep
Beyond the village which men still call Tyre,
-copied from (see above link).
Poul Anderson's Manse Everard of the Time Patrol has an important mission in Tyre.