The Sirens In Margaret Atwood's 'The Sirens' Song

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The Sirens are beautiful creatures in Greek mythology that sing with their beautiful voice to lure sailors and men. The sirens are portrayed today in books, poems, and also in artwork. There are many similarities and differences in the way the Sirens are portrayed in Homer’s Book 12, “The Sirens”, Margaret Atwood’s poem, “Siren Song”, and Romare Bearden’s artwork, “The Sirens’ Song”. In all three versions of the Siren, the sirens are shown to have similar emotional traits and setting, and they are also known to have a beautiful voice in all three versions. In all three versions of The Siren, the siren is shown to have a seductive and luring emotional trait. This shown in Homer’s Book 12 when Circe says, “ First of all, you’ll will run into…show more content…
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. In Homer’s Book 12, “The Sirens”, the setting is an island and this is shown when the Sirens say, “No man has ever rowed in his black ship past this island and not listened to us” (154-155). This setting is also shown in Margaret Atwood’s poem when she says, “I don’t enjoy it here squatting on this island”(13-14). The island setting is also in Romare Bearden’s artwork which can be seen by the land being surrounded by water. Through the three versions, the Sirens’ voices are described as beautiful. For example, in Homer’s Book 12, “The Sirens” the Sirens say, “No man has ever rowed in his black past this island and not listened to us, sweet-voiced melodies sung from our lips (154-156). 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
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