You would hardly expect what will follow based on reading the First Canto. Drawing on Greek mythology (including the two-sexed Tiresias who so prominently featured in T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland). Based on the First Canto, you would think that the Cantos were an epic, mythologized narrative. Specifically, the story of a journey, such as those taken by Odysseus, Jason, Aeneas, and Orpheus. But the Cantos, as you probably know, are anything but a narrative.

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