Thersites is a stirrer and a loudmouth, insinuating here, undermining there.  Toxic team-wrecker, until Odysseus speech-swats him like a bothersome fly.

 

And all the other gash that tumbles out

Of his sisal-ball head.

 

Source: Christopher Logue, War Music, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 29

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