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Greek Influence Project

Class of 2014

Short Stories and Poetry

Marisa Sankey, "Eugenius and the Rich Young Noble"

Siddhartha Jagannath, "Agenor of Heraklion"

John Paul StevensThe Journey to Phaeacia


Elsa Walter, "Twang, Twang Went Odysseus' Bow"

WALTER OdysseyElsa Walter
00:00 / 04:07

Isaac Linton, "The Cyclops"

Cyclops Recording (no voice)Isaac Linton
00:00 / 01:31
Composer’s Foreword
I enjoyed very much working on composing the tune and lyrics (below) for this, my first ever and somewhat satirical composition. The title of this composition represents Polyphemus’ name, which can be translated as "abounding in songs and legends." This composition is scored for two violins, viola, and male voice. The reason for this is that I hope to record this composition with three of my siblings, of which two play violín and one plays viola. The original key of F minor sets the tone for the story of unlucky Odysseus as he tries to make his long way home from the Trojan War. He is met by the Cyclops Polyphemus and taken prisoner. The Cyclops is shown as the antagonist, the monster who doesn’t fear the gods and is also a cannibal. The key changes into A minor and then A major show the changes of the story. While in A minor, Odysseus blinds the Cyclops, and then in A major, Odysseus and his men escape from the giant’s cave. I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed composing it.

Isaac Linton
West Chester, PA
December 2013
Trapped in a cave on a lonely isle

On his way home from the Trojan War
Odysseus strove to stay alive
With his men he braved the Cyclops,
Unfriendly host who ate his men
Polyphemus angered the gods by his misdeed
When he treated his royal guest
To a show of cannibal­ness

Soon he would be sorry
He had been so thoughtless
Trapped in the cave of the savage giant
Odysseus didn’t know what to do
he thought, decided, then blinded his foe
Then with his men Odysseus escaped
From the cave of the one eyed monster
And that’s the Legend of the Cyclops
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Nathan Flood, "The Bow of Odysseus"

FLOOD Nathan Bow.jpg
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