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Odysseus findet Aufnahme bei den Phaaken und nimmt an zwei Abenden an einem Gastmahl teil, an dem er jeweils dem Sanger Demodokos lauscht, der--durch gottliche Eingebung der Muse [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] in Od.
Thus while Demodokos, a singer of epic tales, embraces his blindness as a power that "makes the wine much more like wine," and that "amplifies the crowing of the cock at dawn," he is also painfully aware of his handicap and his humble social standing--a difficulty that drives him to compensate by making of his "silver-studded chair [.
Odysseus brings the Phaiakians up to date when he takes over from Demodokos as performer and entertains them with the newer tale of his own return" (1997, 81).
He also describes how Homer's poet Demodokos, as well as Odysseus' reaction to him, shows the merging of the poet and hero's identities in the Odyssey.
Odysseus finds similar treatment at the house of Alkinoos in Phaiakia, along with entertainment provided by a minstrel named Demodokos,
82) It may also be seen in the arrangement of the feasting party, implied by the placing of Demodokos on a chair in the middle of the feasters who are seated in order ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.
Nagy 40 explains that when Odysseus asks Demodokos to sing a song about the Trojan Horse [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] he is asking him to sing a traditional song about it, one that follows the traditional course for the story.
Demodokos describes the blacksmith-god's engines of revenge in a much more businesslike fashion:
Something like this actually happens in the Odyssey, where Odysseus hears the singer Demodokos singing Odysseus's own kleos, and is overcome with grief; "we see from the evidence of epic itself," Nagy concludes, "that the kleos heard by its audience may be akhos/penthos for those involved in the actions it describes" (CGS 101).
In addition, as Demodokos sings for the Phaiakians and their visitor, the bhairdh of Fergus' clan, Mac-Murrough, sings an appropriate song of memorable deeds after Waverley and his hosts have feasted.
Even more interesting for our discussion is the fact, that Odysseus himself is first moved to tears upon hearing his own ordeals sung by Demodokos, the court musician, as he accompanies his narration with chords of the "clear-toned harp" (Homer 132).
For Sealey, and many scholars before and after him, Phemios and Demodokos in the Odyssey represent the poets (aoidoi) who compose while they perform, while Ion, the rhapsode (rhapsoidos) featured in Plato's dialogue by that name, represents the opposite extreme of the largely recitational performer.
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