The poem “Siren Song,” by Margaret Atwood, uses a popular allusion to convey her message on the relationship between men and women in contemporary society. The speaker in this poem is one of the three Sirens, mythical creatures found in Greek mythology. Sirens are a mix of bird and woman, and are creatures whose songs would hypnotize and charm sailors. Most sailors could not resist the beautiful sound of the Sirens, and their song would lead the them to their island, only to have the sailors devouard and destroyed by the island's rocky coast. This knowledge of the myth illuminates the speaker’s message.
Hilda Doolittle and Edgar Poe are amazing writers yet two distinctive writers. Edgar Poe expresses about her outer beauty, yet Hilda Doolittle expresses her inner beauty, how Greece despises it.For instance, in the poem “To Helen “ by Edgar Poe it said “Thy hyacinth hair , thy classic face, Thy Naiad airs have brought me home”,the author used an alliteration with “hyacinth hair”,but he compared her hair to a flower and her face structure being elegant, gorgeous. Evenmore, “Naiads” are water spirits, said to be very beautiful just like his description of Helen. On the other hand, the other poem “Helen” by H.D., is a hatred poem. For example, in the third stanza it said“Thy beauty of cool feet, and slenderest knees”, H.D.
In Homer’s famous tale the Odyssey, there is a featured encounter with the Sirens near the islands of Anthemoessa. In addition, artists such as John Waterhouse, have also depicted Odysseus’ encounter with the Sirens with their own interpretation of these temptatious creatures. Homer and
Sirens, greek mythological creatures, make a notable appearance as one of Odyseuss's many obstacles obstructing his journey home in "The Odyssey". Though that might be the trilling seductress' most memorable cameo, they are expanded upon further in Margaret Atwood's poem, " The Siren Song." In both the epic and the poem Sirens are portrayed in a cunning, ruthless light through their different tones and point of view. The principle contrast between the two literary work's portrayals of the sirens is the point of view. The narrator in the "Siren Song" is an actual siren, lending insight on herself, a rare point of view for a reader since most commonly siren encounters are written through the eyes of the sailors.
The Sirens Would you choose to listen to a beautiful song if you knew the consequence resulted in death? In Greek mythology, the Sirens lured sailors with their enchanting music, but then killed them. Homer’s “Book 12”, Margaret Atwood’s poem, titled “Siren Song”, and Romare Bearden’s artwork, “The Sirens’ Song”, convey the Sirens both similarly and different. Throughout the three Siren pieces, they all show the Sirens as seductive, they have the same outcome, and they have similar moods. All of these pieces display the Sirens as seductive.
With statements towards Calypso to “show more grace in your obedience” and stage direction where Calypso must “tag along”, Zimmerman’s rendition illustrates a woman, even a god, is placed below others. In Homer’s original text Kalypso has the epithet of “shining goddess” in the same passage where Zeus a more powerful and revered god is described with imagery of a “shining lightning bolt”. The contradiction between Kalypso’s godliness and her stature among other gods is a contradiction both works contain
The Trojan War and some of the gods is a great example of a team up. Finally, Hera, Athena, and Poseidon’s effort to overthrow Zeus shows an alliance. These stories create unique and different theme in the mythology world. One goddess that has a particularly large role in Greek mythology is Athena. According to greekgodsandgoddesses.net, she was the goddess of wisdom and military victory.
How come it 's always the women who are fighting for a stable and painless life? Why is it always the women who have the choice to live by suppressed under the society’s expectations or face the consequences of going against it and gaining nothing? Women equality has been an issue for a long time and it is dragged even to the present time. Fitzgerald, in his novel “The Great Gatsby” portrays women in two manners which are submissive and assertive but also showing how they both have desires for a comfort and stable life. Gender roles in society mean how certain genders are expected to act, speak, dress, groom, and conduct themselves.
In the next line of the poem, Penelope states, “And I who thought to be one of the sirens (cast up on strewn sheets at dawn. )” This line has a deeper meaning than what it may look like on the surface. Sirens are mythical creatures who temp passing sailors with an irresistible song and mislead their ships into rocks where the sirens will then take the lives
In the “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood, there is a tremendous use of literary devices to emphasize and create her theme. The theme of the “Siren Song” is one of deception and lies, the speaker talks about how the reader is “unique” (24) and how “only you, only you can” (23) help her. The siren deceives the reader by making him believe that we are the greatest heroes and that only we can save her. The poem is written in the point of view of the siren, this allows the reader to uncover the poem with them which creates a deeper more realistic story. The siren says “will you get me out of this bird suit” (11-12), Atwood’s word choice plays a big part in making the speaking siren sound like a victim that’s trapped in the form of a siren.
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.