It doesn’t shed any new light onto the sirens besides the fact that they will lie to kill the sailors that still continue to find themselves into the sirens’ domain. They sing sweet words to lull the sailor that they might be able to save them but alas at the end it is too late when the sailors realize they have died. In conclusion, the siren in this poem is sarcastic, modern, humourous, and a trickster to do its job which is to kill sailors.
For me, the song deals with sadness, defeat, loss, and contentment. It takes on a sad tone because it depicts a man sitting “on the dock of the bay watching the tide roll away” who seems to be taking life in stride (Redding 5). Much like the ‘fish’ in the poem, the man has not necessarily given up on life, but rather has found peace after enduring life’s trials and tribulations. More importantly, there is a semblance of misfortune and hardship between the song and poem in that both the ‘fish’ and the man appear to have experienced life’s trials, yet, as a result of their misfortune have found peace and contentment. In the poem “The Fish,” the fish is characterized as an old ‘battered and homely’ creature that has, near the end of its life, stopped fighting and accepted defeat (Bishop 8).
The Sirens’’ voices are again described as beautiful in Margaret Atwood’s poem, when she says, “ This is the one song everyone would to learn: the song that is irresistible”(1-3). She describes it as irresistible which means
I think the narrator is saying that like the sea his mother is dark and intimidating like her people who are also fishing people. In my opinion I think the mother makes the mood of the story dark and melancholy. She wants so much out of her husband and children, and when they don’t do what she wants she doesn’t talk to them. The mother puts too much pressure on the family to do what her family did. I can understand that the mother didn’t want to be alone, but as a mother you should want you kids to do better than you did and want them to succeed in life.
“Temptation is the feeling we get when encountered by an opportunity to do what we innately know we shouldn't” (Steve Marboli). The men in Margaret Atwood’s poem, “Siren Song,” experience this temptation and betrayal of their natural instinct. The narrator, a mythological being called a Siren, lures sailors from the sea and turns them into their prey. Throughout the poem, the Siren tells about their infamous and irresistible song that eventually leads to the men’s demise. The Siren’s beauty and voice cause the sailors to abandon their ship even when there are obvious indications telling them that they should not.
The sea is often associated with calmness, power and hope, so when included in the phrase “deep new sea”, it expresses a sense of renewal and a resilience to one’s internal struggles. In the line, “your heart has a kick”, there are strong associations of the word “heart” in relation to life and the soul as well as “kick” having connotations of energy and strength. Combined, this phrase suggests a rejuvenation from a previously lifeless and pessimistic outlook of life to one with rigour and vitality. In conclusion, this poem brings hope and optimism that a positive shift is possible even under seemingly hopeless circumstances. The use of connotation in Dorothy Porter’s poem
The allusion to the Sirens from Greek mythology in “Song to the Siren” and “Sirens Song” is included to show the detrimental effects of deceit and allurement on humans today, as well as the simplicity in manipulating them. The song “Sirens Song” is describing how a prostitute lures men in towards them by their beauty. It displays that “All he needed was to hear what was in front of him/ A song sang too many times” (Miss May I). The allusion to the Sirens exemplifies the level of deceit and manipulation that the harlot used on the man. Similarly to the Sirens, the harlot will cause harm and bring danger to the man she is tricking, showing how humans are just as easy to manipulate today as they were thousands of years ago.
The Siren Song is a poem written by Margaret Atwood. The poem is narrated by sirens who are also the central characters of the poem. Sirens are Greek mythological creatures possessing enchanted voices luring sailors towards them, causing ships to crash on reefs near their island. The sirens were the daughters of the river god Achelous as well as the companions of Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest.
Throughout the poem the tone was subtle, however, a claim was still made. Because the speaker in the poem had a calm tone, it left me feeling a sense of displacement. I didn’t know whether the author chose to write this poem because it was something he was passionate about, or if it didn’t have sufficient meaning. With Hawthorne having ancestors of seamen, his poem could have been a representation of their lives. To me, this poem was quite relatable in the sense that there can be so much commotion above the water, but once you sink down, all is at peace.
In this song, the speaker is portrayed as a man who is hurting from his past relationship and so he tries to figure out what made things change and where they went wrong. Throughout the song the speaker reflects on how he was feeling while they were still together and now that they are apart. The song was written as a message to the antagonist, the woman that the speaker loved, and now, is no longer with; he wants answers and he wants her to know how he feels and just how much she hurt him. The speaker lets us know that the pain he is feeling from this broken love of theirs is internal by stating, “To hear that tears me up inside and to see you cuts me like a knife” (Poison).
Beware of the Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis A Greek poet named Homer wrote a famous epic poem called The Odyssey. The epic poem was about a brave lord, Odysseus, and his men encountering a few arduous obstacles during their journey back to Ithaca. In Book 12, “Beware of the Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis,” translated by Robert Fitzgerald, Odysseus has to make a difficult decision about losing all his men to Charybdis’ whirlpool or only six to Scylla’s ferocious head. This story can relate to the poem, “The Sirens,” written by James Russell Lowell. Both men being compelled by sirens’ singing.
In the two poems Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Caged Bird by Maya Angelou, gave a comparison between the life of a caged bird and the life of a slave. There are similarities and differences in the two poems. The difference between the two poem is that Sympathy is more aggressive than the poem Caged Bird, and the similarities of the two poems is the theme and imagery.
In “Sirens Song” and “Song to the Siren,” the allusion to Greek mythology is helpful when portraying how the male is lured by the female and ultimately ruined as the same love is not shown in return. As an individual would know with prior knowledge of Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, the Sirens are a trio of half birds, half females who lure men into their isle through singing mysterious songs. Similar to The Odyssey, the men described in the songs are also drawn in by a female. In “Song to the Siren,” the artist wrote, “your singing eyes and fingers drew me loving to your isle” (Buckley). The narrator, presumably a male, is drawn towards the Siren-like woman by her initial qualities, including beauty.
The poem “Sirens Song” alludes to the Sirens of the Odyssey. The Sirens’ portrayal is to deceive as they scheme and seduce men in their direction. The author claims, “The song that forces men to leap overboard in squadrons even though they see beached skulls.” In other words,