The Odyssey of Homer
Home : The Odyssey : Essays : Narrative and Thematic Techniques in Books 9 and 19 of the Odyssey

Premium Content Narrative and Thematic Techniques in Books 9 and 19 of the Odyssey

By David Taylor - June 18, 2002

'What could be finer than listening to a singer of tales?'

Book 9 opens with what might be termed an apologia on the part of the poet: 'what could be finer / Than listening to a singer of tales' (9.2-3)1. Odysseus eulogises Demodocus, the blind bard, and at the same time Homer eulogises his own art of storytelling ­ an art that I will examine in the…

This excerpt of the essay is provided for free. To read the complete essay of 2939 words or to get access to our full library of Literature Essays, please subscribe below or log in if you are already subscribed.

Join Now - Choose a Membership Level

GradeSaver provides access to quizzes, 3296 literature essays, 997 sample college application essays and ad-free surfing in this premium content, "Members Only" section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

We have been mentioned in the Washington Post, the Economist, and many other papers around the world for our exceptional essays. GradeSaver has reviewed each essay for quality; these essays are the very best on the Internet and many have been written by students of Ivy League colleges.

3-Day Trial (recurring) $2.95 *
30-Day Trial (recurring) $6.95 *
1 Month Membership (one-time charge) $12.95
12 Month Membership (one-time charge) $49.95

* After your trial period, you will be billed a monthly fee of $6.95 with the option to cancel at any time. Questions? Read our FAQ.

Existing Users

The Odyssey Essays and Related Content