The classic Greek hero is filled with hubris and excessive pride, and by flattering them can the Siren’s song lure them to their death. “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood is an intriguing poem about a Siren and the song that the Siren’s sing. At first, the poem looks to be a first person account of what is like to be a Siren and what the song is about. However, a closer look reveals a commentary of the Greek hero and how heroism can lead to their eventual
Everyone knows the Greek myth of Odysseus and his long journey to return home. On this journey, recorded in Homer’s “The Odyssey”, Odysseus encountered the mythical and deadly Sirens. In Homer’s text, Odysseus braves the enchanting songs of the horrible temptresses. In Margaret Atwood’s rendition titled “Siren Song”, though, the Sirens are more humanized, and the satirical writing turns the Sirens into bored singers who hate their jobs. The difference in the portrayal of the Sirens in these two pieces of writing are huge, one being the original text, mythical and suspenseful, the other being a satirized adaptation, depicting the Sirens as normal people in “Bird costumes”, bored and lonely.
Throughout history, Sirens have symbolized temptation. They are known to have lured and tempted sailors to their doom with their singing. The significant theme of temptation is present in an epic known as The Odyssey, a poem “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood, a song “The Cave” by Mumford and Sons, and a painting “Ulysses and the Sirens” by John William Waterhouse. However, because they are different forms of art, they are portrayed in various interpretations (Introductory Subordinate Clause). The epic The Odyssey by Homer and “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood can be compared through visual imagery.
Odysseus, from “The Odyssey” and Margaret Atwood, author of “Siren Song” portray the sirens differently in their excerpts. In Homers’ classical epic, Odysseus’ classical tone and chauvinistic point of view exhibits that the sirens can be conquered, whereas, Atwood’s modern tone and feminist point of view suggest the sirens to be more insidious. Odysseus, in the custom of Greek Heroes, is able to overcome the sirens through
The real story behind this fantasy tale is much different than what one is known about. When reading the true story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson one can depict that the presentation of this tale is pure distress having different themes, not only that but the character of The Little Mermaid is converted into something one would have never thought of. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson does not give the happy ending of a princess, rather it gives a terrible ending like Romeo and Juliet. One could say this tale gives the themes of Love, Desires, Diversity, and fantasy of course! When reading this
This is a poem written about a woman unwillingly a victim of sexual assault. In the beginning the speaker describes Zeus in the form of a swan. The description used by Doolittle to portray Zeus is very beautifully crafted, making Zeus seem flawless. Then casually Zeus proceeds to attack Leda. Leda’s attack is unable to be easily seen due to the poems godly description of the attacker.
Crime of Innocence William Butler Yeats’ poem, “Leda and the Swan” is a dark tale that originated from the Greek myth in which Zeus takes the form of a swan to seduce the beautiful woman, Leda. The swan is traditionally symbolized as beauty and grace in Greek culture (pure spirit). Yeats uses the representation of a swan as an illusion to set the tone of the poem, where the readers would expect the swan as a protagonist. Contrarily, the swan revealed to be the antagonist. The speaker uses abstract words that appeared less destructive than the actuality happening as well as a double meaning in his writing.
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.
The poem states “ No one knows the songs sang by the sirens those who have heard it are either dead or have forgotten.” (Atwood 1) The Siren song written by Margaret Atwood, informs, the reader the lyrics of the song that makes men jump overboard in squadrons. Written in 1974, The Siren Song was a reprint from Houghton Mifflin’s original poem. The poem gives the imagery of the sirens and the effects of the song. The song is irresistible to men because of the sirens crying for help to get out of their curse. Margaret Atwood
The main difference is there emotion towards mother hood. Plath has a ambient emotion like she shows love when she says “Fat gold watch” while she also shows sadness and struggles when she says are safety” she is also honest about it which is clearly shown when it says “I’m no longer your mother “she is surrealism while Duffy is showing pure feeling through her poem like when she wrote a extended metaphor relating to light which symbolizes innocence beauty happiness for example it stated as a candle until it ended as a full moon The use of the tool enjambment is differently use though out the poems . in Duffy’s poem applies enjambment to show a new stage of development in her daughter’s life where as in Plath’s poem a applies enjambment to show the to the ending ending of the poem when the sun rises up, the structure in Moring song is also written in short term while Duffy is in long-term. Plath and Duffy both describe there appearance but differently , Plath uses aural imagery which also suggest how far she feels form her baby she feels as if it wasn’t her baby and stresses out as a new mother as she says “Victorian nightgown” and “cloud that distills a mirror” while Duffy enjoys being a mother
When Cassandra was predicting Agamemnon’s death and her own, the Chorus commented on the how she was possessed by a God and singing a “wild lyric” (1143). Following that, they then compare Cassandra to a brown nightingale that has “long life of tears weeping forever” (1144-1145), but Cassandra disagrees and says that “the nightingale 's pure song and a fate like hers. With fashion of beating wings the gods clothed her about and a sweet life gave her without lamentation. But mine is the sheer edge of the tearing iron.” (1146-1149). First, the Chorus portrays her to a nightingale, but not just a regular nightingale, but to a woman in Greek mythology named Procne who has been transformed into a nightingale and is grieving over Itys, her dead son.