Coming Home

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Coming Home
The Renaissance period was defined by the plethora of work that paid homage to antiquity, or the classics. These Renaissance writers, artists, and thinkers recognized the virtues, themes, and ideas of the classics and they were able to harness those virtues, themes, and ideas in order to influence their society. Today, the same thing is exhibited in many contemporary works. There is evidence of the importance of classical ideas in various modern works of today, ranging from but not limited to, art, music, and literature. This paper deals specifically with the way music captures the essence of the classical virtues, themes, and ideas in Homer’s “The Odyssey”. The song of emphasis is “Coming Home” by Diddy, featuring Skylar
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The day of his return will never dawn.” (Homer 83). Telemachus is torn and distraught, but sees no use in doing anything about his situation. Completely hopeless, he says of himself “Would to go I’d been the son of a happy man whom old age overtook in the midst of his possessions! Now, think of the most unlucky mortal ever born–since you ask me, yes, they say I am his son.” (Homer 84).
The next verse starts, “”A House is Not a Home”, I hate this song/ Is a house really a home when your loved ones are gone” (Combs). This verse expresses the importance of Odysseus’s struggle to get back to Ithaca. With his absence from home, it is not even possible for Telemachus and Penelope to experience “home”. Capturing this idea Dionne Warwick writes, “A chair is still a chair/ Even when there 's no one sittin ' there/ But a chair is not a house/ And a house is not a home/ When there 's no one there to hold you tight/ And no one there you can kiss goodnight/ Woah girl/ A room is a still a room/ Even when there 's nothin ' there but gloom/ But a room is not a house/ And a house is not a home/ When the two of us are far apart”. So effectively, Telemachus and Penelope have become guests in their own house, which is being overrun by the greedy suitors. Diddy continues with, “So you 've been a guest in your own home/ It 's time to make your house your home” (Combs), conveying the pertinence of Telemachus actions in finally seeking the whereabouts of his father, and the struggle of

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