In Margaret Atwood’s poem, “Siren Song” she says, “Come closer. This song is a cry for help: Help me! Only you, only you can, you are unique” (21-24). This part of the poem shows the siren trying to seduce the man or audience. Romare Bearden’s artwork, “The Sirens’ Song”, also show the sirens being seductive and this is seen by the more pose attracting pose they are doing.
Sirens: How they are used as an allusion in modern poems The idea of Sirens are alluded to in the poems “Carolina” and “Sirens Song” as intoxicating and distasteful. Eric Church stated, “Sayin’ honey I miss ya like crazy,/ Like the sound of a siren song” in “Carolina” (Church). The idea of the siren song serves as a comparison between the yearning to get home to his significant other and the yearning to swim ashore to the Sirens in Homer’s Odyssey. Three stanzas later, the speaker in “Carolina” says “ But I gotta play the star in some little town again/ tonight/ Don’t get me wrong/ I love what I do”(Church). If one breaks down these lines, assumptions would be made that “little town” could mean Hollywood (Church).
Leda and the Swan by Yeats was story from Greek mythology talking about Zeuz the most powerful Greek god takes advantage of Leda who was daughter of a king named Thestius. In ‘Leda and the Swan’ Zeus come in a disguised as a swan. During this time it was said that gods turn themselves into swans (many things ‘animals’). This poem is diction; the form is iambic pentameter, and a Petrarchan sonnet. In the first stanza the speaker says ‘sudden blow’ which indicates that the swan can in abruptly from above and threw Leda off of her feet.
After staying with her for about a year Odysseus and his men leave and run into sirens. The sirens sing to passing sailors. Their beautiful voices to lure passing ships onto the rocks. Those are just two more obstacles that Odysseus has to get through until he can get to his wife. It is easy to say that the most powerful woman in the Odyssey is Penelope.
In The Odyssey, Sirens symbolize the personal temptation that Odysseus has to face; they attempt to seduce him by mimicking the same promise of understanding that home has to offer but without the labor required of the journey. Initially, they are introduced as merely being the transfixing, alluring seductresses that they are most known for. But through analyzation of the text and further reading, it is worthy of mentioning that there is more to Sirens then we make out to be. Sirens seduce men through their spellbinding songs and their psychological manipulation tactics. As Odysseus prepares to leave Circe’s island, she warns him about the monsters he will face on his journey home.
This book gave Sirens the spotlight which made them more popular and well known. In the book, Odysseus and his crew plugged their ears with beeswax so that they could not hear the song of the Sirens. According to ‘Sparknotes.com” the Sirens song is so suductive that Odysseus begged to be released from his fetters, but his faithful men only bind him tighter. The two most famous Sirens in Greek mythology is Charybdis and Scylla. Charybdis was a drowning vessel while Scylla was a destructing vessel.
David Sedaris begins his story telling the reader that when he turns fifty he told himself that he would discover opera but sooner to realize he would be more interested in swimming again. As the story continues, Sedaris talks about how his family joined a country club and he started to take swimming lessons the first year of their membership then joins the country club’s competitive
The immortal flesh in the sea caused foam and thus Aphrodite formed out of a shell among the foam. She then emerged onto the island of Cypress where the sea nymphs showered her with wonderful gifts. Then in other history she is known as the daughter of Zeus and Dionne. Since Aphrodite is known to be related to Zeus then her siblings would be Zeus ' children. Some of the more important siblings are Ares, Hephaestus, Athena, Apollo, Hercules, Persephone, Dionysius,
“The Little Mermaid” tells a story of a young unnamed mermaid who decides to take control over her own life and destiny. She searches for eternal life through good deeds and sacrificing herself. “The Shadow” is a story about a learned man who tells his shadow to go snoop on another balcony and the shadow returns years later, wealthy and powerful. The man returns home and tries to write stories about good, truth, and beauty. These stories are culturally significant because they provide universal lessons to many different cultures, especially Danish culture.
More and more modern stories are incorporating Sirens into their books. These authors and stories include Kiera Cass’ The Siren, Siren’s Storm, by Lisa Papademetriou, and Sirens by Janet S. Fox. However, one of the first stories with Sirens was Homer’s The Odyssey, where Sirens attempt to charm Odysseus off his boat to join them. Margaret Atwood writes her own twist on Sirens and their mythical abilities in the poem “Siren Song”, which is a narrative from a Siren about the song she sings. The poem “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood helps reinforce Homer’s character of Odysseus in The Odyssey by emphasizing Odysseus’ heroic traits portrayed in the epic poem.
Homer’s Odyssey, a Greek epic poem, introduces mythological creatures, like the sirens, to an audience that becomes highly influenced and mesmerized by these creatures that it inspired new piece of literature. For example, Margaret Atwood dedicates a whole poem to the sirens, which is the first mentioned in The Odyssey as creatures that lures sailors to their death, but ,unlike the Odyssey, it is written in the point of view of the sirens. Even though the depiction of the sirens are distinct and told in different point of view, both pieces of writing, Homer’s Odyssey and Atwood’s “ Siren Song”, have similar elements of cleverness. Homer describes Odysseus as wise, which is a characteristic needs to help the crew escape disasters and deaths.