What does it mean 'true-made bow'? I'm reading a book about Circe, where Odysseus describes his wife as a fixed star, a true-made bow because she is constant in all things. I don't get what a 'true-made bow' means. Enlighten me, please!
Jul 17, 2019 9:06 AM
Answers · 3
One of the many meanings of 'true' includes the idea of 'straight'. If a bow is made true, it is made correctly, so that the arrows it fires will reach their destination accurately. A bow which isn't true is distorted or malformed, so that the arrows won't fly in a straight line. While Odysseus wandered, Penelope remained 'true' in all its meanings: faithful, fixed, reliable and constant. It's a beautiful metaphor.
July 17, 2019
Well a 'bow' is a weapon you use. 'Bow and arrow'. So maybe it has a metaphoric meaning like she's strong and well-made. Apart from that, 'true-made bow' has no literal meaning.
July 17, 2019
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