Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

Book 9

Book 9, which tells the story of a group sent to try to get Achilles to reconsider his refusal to fight, is truly wonderful.

Some of the lines reminded me of Ecclesiastes, which I’ve often thought the best thing ever written.

“A man gets no thanks for his tireless
struggle against the enemy, day in, day out.
We all get just the same portion, whether we hang back
or fight with all our strength in the front lines of battle;
cowards and brave men are treated with equal respect.”
(9.314-318)

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