More surge and thunder

Yesterday I had a post on the the surge and thunder of the Odyssey. Here is an example. Odysseus has been shipwrecked after leaving the island of Calypso and is struggling to get ashore.

ἧος ὁ ταῦθ᾽ ὥρμαινε κατὰ φρένα καὶ κατὰ θυμόν,
τόφρα δέ μιν μέγα κῦμα φέρε τρηχεῖαν ἐπ᾽ ἀκτήν.
ἔνθα κ᾽ ἀπὸ ῥινοὺς δρύφθη, σὺν δ᾽ ὀστέ᾽ ἀράχθη,
εἰ μὴ ἐπὶ φρεσὶ θῆκε θεά, γλαυκῶπις Ἀθήνη:
ἀμφοτέρῃσι δὲ χερσὶν ἐπεσσύμενος λάβε πέτρης,
τῆς ἔχετο στενάχων, ἧος μέγα κῦμα παρῆλθε.
καὶ τὸ μὲν ὣς ὑπάλυξε, παλιρρόθιον δέ μιν αὖτις
πλῆξεν ἐπεσσύμενον, τηλοῦ δέ μιν ἔμβαλε πόντῳ.
ὡς δ᾽ ὅτε πουλύποδος θαλάμης ἐξελκομένοιο
πρὸς κοτυληδονόφιν πυκιναὶ λάιγγες ἔχονται,
ὣς τοῦ πρὸς πέτρῃσι θρασειάων ἀπὸ χειρῶν
ῥινοὶ ἀπέδρυφθεν: τὸν δὲ μέγα κῦμα κάλυψεν.

While he was thinking about this in his heart and mind, a large wave started to carry him onto the rough shore where his skin would have been torn off and his bones broken, if the goddess had not put a thought in his mind, grey eyed Athene. With a rush he grasped a rock with both his hands and held on to it groaning until the wave had passed by. So he managed to escape that wave but the backwash struck him as it rushed back and threw him far out into the sea. Just as when an octopus is being dragged out of its hole, lots of pebbles stick to its suckers, so the skin was ripped from his hands on the rocks and the great wave covered him.

Odyssey 5.424

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