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The Odyssey

Homer
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

6) What is happening at the beginning of The Odyssey?

The Odyssey begins with the invocation of the muse, which is a distinct literary characteristic typical of epic poetry. The first line of the text, “Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns,” invokes one of the nine muses, or goddesses of literature, science, and the arts. The poet begins his recitation by calling upon the muse for inspiration in telling Odysseus’s story.