lotus-eaters


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lotus-eaters

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Lotophagi

(lətŏf`əjī'), a fabulous people who occupied the north coast of Africa and lived on the lotus, which brought forgetfulness and happy indolence. They appear in the Odyssey. When Odysseus landed among them, some of his men ate the food. They forgot their friends and home and had to be dragged back to the ships. "The Lotus-Eaters" by Tennyson has become a classic of English poetry.
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Today's lotus-eaters come to relax on miles of soft, sandy beaches under the shade of a million date palm trees.
[W]hen I dream I'm back at Benton it's as if I were in a hothouse or a--or with the Lotus-Eaters. I can feel Benton all over me like a warm bath, and I try to move my arms and legs, and I can't and I say to myself, "you've got to get out of here.
Fowler is content, with nary an opinion on Vietnam's political turmoil that would mar his personal land of the lotus-eaters. Content, that is, until Pyle threatens both to take Phuong away and forever change the country itself.
My men went on and presently met the Lotus-Eaters, nor did these Lotus-Eaters have any thoughts of destroying our companions, but they only gave them lotus to taste of.
Kling also envisions the piece on a mythic scale, blending elements of Shakespeare, turn-of-the-century melodrama, American musicals and Homer (he and Sommers sprinkle clever references to The Odyssey throughout, including an island of lotus-eaters populated by fuzzy rat-puppets, and a Circe-like enchantress who rises our of a mythical bayou graveyard).
For him there is no great distance between unbridled democracy and the expansionist quest for luxury: the democratic man is one who has taken up his abode in the land of the Lotus-Eaters, driven by useless desires, among which is the desire for food more exotic than the bread and cakes necessary for sustenance.(14) He complains that democratic politics at Athens gives no scope for true leadership: rather, it is akin to the presentation of titbits to children.(15)
Anna Robertson Brown, ~The Lotus Symbolism in Homer, Theocritus, Moschus, Tennyson, and Browning' (ii.625-34), pages 628-30 are on ~The Lotus-Eaters' and ~Choric Song'.
Diplomacy is usually stereotyped as the fine art of wining and dining and diplomats as the lotus-eaters. The truth is that diplomacy is complex art that involves fine mixing of political acumen, cultural finesse, language abilities and conversation skills to wield the power of persuasion.
* lotus-eaters: Tearless out as roulette's astute loser, a soul tester, eases rut lot, sets a lure to restate soul.
The mood in Gifford's work of experiencing the beauty of the natural world at a veiled remove from the world of lower concerns parallels this mid-nineteenth century occupation of escaping the world-weary everyday of city life." Travel writer George Curtis, with whom Gifford was acquainted, described the travelers who flocked to these natural resorts as Lotus-Eaters, a title borrowed from Tennyson's poem of the same name.