Sirens: How they are used as an allusion in modern poems The idea of Sirens are alluded to in the poems “Carolina” and “Sirens Song” as intoxicating and distasteful. Eric Church stated, “Sayin’ honey I miss ya like crazy,/ Like the sound of a siren song” in “Carolina” (Church). The idea of the siren song serves as a comparison between the yearning to get home to his significant other and the yearning to swim ashore to the Sirens in Homer’s Odyssey. Three stanzas later, the speaker in “Carolina” says “ But I gotta play the star in some little town again/ tonight/ Don’t get me wrong/ I love what I do”(Church). If one breaks down these lines, assumptions would be made that “little town” could mean Hollywood (Church).
In The Odyssey, Sirens symbolize the personal temptation that Odysseus has to face; they attempt to seduce him by mimicking the same promise of understanding that home has to offer but without the labor required of the journey. Initially, they are introduced as merely being the transfixing, alluring seductresses that they are most known for. But through analyzation of the text and further reading, it is worthy of mentioning that there is more to Sirens then we make out to be. Sirens seduce men through their spellbinding songs and their psychological manipulation tactics. As Odysseus prepares to leave Circe’s island, she warns him about the monsters he will face on his journey home.
It is only fitting that the goddess of love and temptation is a temptress, as she uses her beauty to lure men. In some ways Aphrodite relates to the Siren. Aphrodite, although not commenly known, is the goddess of the sea and seafaring. Sirens and Aphrodite are similar as, they are both temptresses and have to do with sea travelers. The difference between the two is that Sirens lure sea travelers to their demise and Aphrodite is the goddess of the sea travels.
In the beginning of the Odyssey, the invocation of the muse brought the reader into the book. In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, it started the mood of the movie. In the Odyssey, Odysseus he 's tremendous pride which can serve as a negative factor in many situations, In the movie, Everett has pride of what people think about him with his over care of his hair. Also, when the men go to the river because they heard the women singing, they were in danger. In the Odyssey, sirens were beautiful women who in the end was a threat , just like the in the film.
The Sirens are portrayed differently in Homer’s The Odyssey and Atwood’s “Siren Song.” Their use of diction is eloquently written with different tones and point of view. With this, they deliver two stories of the Sirens. In The Odyssey, tone is extremely critical. Written in Odysseus’ point of view, the Sirens are creatures set to kill sailors. His frantic tone sets the image of the Sirens being monsters and villainous.
Odysseus explains his encounter with the Sirens through the use of his own words and point of view. This first person point of view allows the audience to experience the expectation and preparation of a one on three confrontation with the three mythical characters. He portrays them as a sort of contradiction between the beautifully magical and all things destructive and horrid. By using diction, Odysseus enforces this and uses phrases such as “thrilling song” and “honeyed voices,” to describe the Sirens song, setting them up against the images of a rocky sea with “whitecaps.” Likewise, there is evidence of the conflicting nature of the Sirens with the rhythm of the phrase “Sirens sensed at once a ship” and the dissonance of the phrase “Come
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 communicates the idea that humans are stupid. Both "The Odyssey"and the "Siren Song" is a work of literature, however in "The Odyssey" the focus is on resolving the problem of the sirens, no different than any other obstacle. "The Odysseus" and the "Siren Song" both illustrate similar themes. Similarly, the sirens ask the victim to "help
He also ask Zeus to help them pull away before they founder. The sirens are cursed with a spell it tells you that in the poem. The sirens in the odyssey represent more than just a maritime danger to the passing ship. They are the desires of man that cannot have. The
The poem Eurydice by Ocean Vuong, is constructed off the famous Greek Mythology legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. The many similes, metaphors and allusions to the story, represent the famous story in a more ambiguous style, that conveys Ocean Vuong’s occurring theme throughout his poem as the many different sides of love, including happiness, sacrifice and hurt. The abundant metaphor and simile represent and emphasize the feelings present throughout the poem, as well the transition from radiant happiness, to emotional hurt. The literary devices and symbolism employed through the poem, underscore the underlying messages in Eurydice. Based off the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Eurydice by Ocean Vuong, incorporates the classical elements of the ancient Greek legend with poetic figurative language and writing to establish a romantic mood centered on the theme of love.
This is a comparison to (“O’. Brother where art thou?”). Pete, another man who fell under the spell ended up not so lucky. In relation to both of these items there 's many different ways the sirens can have effect on people as in (Atwood). Odysseus would like to explore the sounds of the sirens, and Circe gives advice to him on how to deal with them.
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.