The Diver; With Notes

The Diver; With Notes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...tJwugh water were wrestling with fire"--&c. OMER'S description of Charybdis, to which Schiller attributed some of the inspiration of his own magnificent description repeated in this stanza, is placed in the mouth of Ulysses, and runs thus: --Odyssey, xii. (m) 234. " And we sailed on through the straits, groaning with terror, --for here on the one side was Scylla, and on the other was dread Charybdis, monstrously gulping down the briny waters of the sea. Now she burst vomiting forth, and then all in whirling confusion boiled up with roar, like a cauldron on an immense fire; and foam borne high in air aloft fell upon the summits of both the rocks. Now she would gulp down again the briny waters of the sea, and then all was seen within her boiling up in whirling confusion; and round about the rock were heard terrible thunderings, --and Earth appeared below with her dark-grey1 sand." Literally dark-blue. In a previous passage of this twelfth book (see lines 101-7), Circe, after fully describing the monster Scylla, gives Ulysses instruction how to avoid Charybdis, lying under the opposite rock: --Tov 3' ETspov (TttoTr&av xpo/juxbarefov oJ/Ei, ' f;, uev yaj r ourmv Ett /xan, Aeivov iii au ye xEiSi rt/xoif, Ote Ou yaf -ev pi/uoiTO u' i/sr' Ex xaxoi? di/J"' " But the other rock you will see, Ulysses, much lower than the former, and the distance from one to the other is but as the range of an arrow. On this is a great wild fig-tree, thickly covered with leaves: and beneath it dreadful Charybdis drinks down the black waters. Thrice during the day does she vomit them forth, and thrice does she monstrously gulp them down; and, oh! Fate grant thou be not near her when she is gulping them down, for nought can save thee, nor even...
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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236563506
  • 9781236563507