Pranking Polyphemous

‘So, you ask me the name I’m known by, Cyclops?

I will tell you. But you must give me a guest-gift

as you promised. Nobody–that’s my name. Nobody–

so my mother and father call me, all my friends.’

But he boomed back at me from his ruthless heart,

Nobody? I’ll eat Nobody last of all his friends–

I’ll eat the others first! That’s my gift to you!’

________________________________

The Odyssey, Book 9

Translated by Robert Fagles

Viking Penguin, 1996

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