The Sirens In Margaret Atwood's The Siren Song

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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. Demeter provided the sirens with wings with the intention of protecting her daughter. However, Persephone was abducted by Hades and Demeter cursed the Sirens as a result, sentenced to an eternity of singing, eternally calling for Persephone’s return.

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