I personally think it's reminisce because he's recalling his childhood
He was proud because his son was born. Athena tells Odysseus he must battle & defeat the Trojans.
Julie Burstein implies that rejections can actually be seen as a blessing in disguise:
- <em>"There's a fourth embrace, and it's the hardest. It's the embrace of </em><em>loss</em><em>, the oldest and most constant of human experiences. In order to create, we have to stand in that space between what we see in the world and what we hope for, looking squarely at rejection, at heartbreak, at war, at death. That's a tough space to stand in." </em>
This is a very common occurrence in a writer's life, <u>rejections come with the territory</u>. The important thing is to keep trying. There is a reason why a manuscript was rejected, it wasn't unique, or it wasn't developed enough, or it simply wasn't worth salvaging. But in order to find their voice, writers need to be open to experimentation, to change and the ability to adapt.
Another inspirational statement in the same vein comes from Sylvia Plath:
- <em>"I love my rejection slips. They show me I try."</em>
Mostly popularity. If people don't like it and keep liking it then it disappears. Or if a school or schools adopt it as text then usually it stays a long time too.