The Iliad in a Nutshell
Achilles in a fit of pique will not fight for fellow Greek,
for Agamemnon, king of kings, took his girl (and other things).
Achilles now far from the fray, Trojans almost seize the day;
and the cause of all this strife? Young Paris stole a fetching wifeó
this occurred nine years before, and thatís how long theyíve been at war.
(Thereís lots of other words, fighting, heroes, gods, and moonlighting.)
Patroclus, with Achillesí shield, nearly makes the Trojans yield,
but Hector, mighty prince of Troy, fights and kills the headstrong boy.
Achilles now gets fighting mad, slaughters Hector, cries with dad.
(Itís The Odyssey, of course, wherein youíll find the Wooden Horse.)