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.
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.
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.
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.
Benvolio metaphorically compares Rosaline to a swan’s beauty, stating that she will seem unappealing after she is juxtaposed with other girls. This suggests to readers that the stock character of Benvolio is making a genuine effort to take Romeo’s mind off Rosaline. Benvolio is attempting to advise Romeo about love, which is valuable for adolescents like
Throughout the song, as it will be described later, Swift makes multiple comparisons between her lover as Romeo and herself as Juliet. For example, she states, “That you were Romeo,...’Stay away from Juliet!’” In this case, Swift names herself Juliet and compares her lover to Romeo. Additionally, Swift continues to state, “You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess.” In this quote, Swift evidently dictates her lover’s role and her own role in their relationship. She, in fact, refers to her lover as the prince, and as for herself, she is the princess. To add, Swift comforts her lover through song as she sings, “... we’ll make it out of this mess.” In this metaphor, it is eminent that Swift is declaring the
Emily Dickinson’s poem often repeats features such as capitals, dashes, short phrases, and onomatopoeia. The poem’s elements include figurative language, metaphors, euphony. There are three stanzas including different elements and meaning. “Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all - And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - And sore must be the storm - That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm - I’ve heard it in the chilliest land - And on the strangest Sea - Yet - never - in Extremity, It asked a crumb - of me. She compares hope to a flying bird.
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
English 201 In Odysseus I think that Homer is using the siren scene to symbolize temptation in many ways. There are many different ways we are faced with temptation in our everyday life to do certain things. Its representing how temptation can control us no matter how much we know that it is wrong to give in. Temptation can come in many different ways, like in Odysseus the temptation came to them from the sirens. They appeared to him as seductive creatures with their beautiful songs attempting to draw him in to their island.
Both men being compelled by sirens’ singing. A visual connection to the story and poem is Herbert Draper’s painting, “Ulysses and the Sirens,” the sirens compelling Odysseus. All in all, these three different representation of the story can have the tone of tense, disheartening, and malicious.
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.
All three text accentuate sundry items. Circe discusses the exquisite sound of the sirens to the various men (Homer). Although the Sirens are inveigling sounds Odysseus ,one of the men on the ship, would like to explore the seraphic sounds. The sounds are very powerful and are beautiful melodies that could put anyone under a horrific spell. This is a comparison to (“O’.