They told Baucis
and Philemon to leave town, and after they did, they the gods destroyed the town.
(28) En Metamorfosis, los ancianos Baucis
y Filemon, tras ser los unicos--debido a su conducta piadosasalvados del exterminio por inundacion con que Jupiter condeno a la poblacion donde vivian, responden al ofrecimiento del dios de concederles un deseo, con una insolita peticion: que ninguno vea al otro muerto.
"Eating Alone in an Empty Diner" coins the phrase "New Yorkettes" that succinctly captures the image in a witty phrase, and "BALLS" is a genuinely funny and undercutting poem that skewers any attempt to create symbolism in his driving golf balls into Strangford Lough: "it is not beautiful / and does not represent the endless pain of man / or death, it is a drop in the ocean." Baucis
and Philemon' mythologizes the poet's grandparents, but avoids falling into a sub-Yeatsian mode as its intelligent handling of myth demonstrates an independent mode of thought.
Numerous instances of the philoxenia theme appear in works from antiquity: the visit of Jupiter and Mercury to the home of Baucis
and Philemon (Ovid 8 [p.202]), of the angels to Lot (Gen.
But this reading is only a subset of what the terminology of the Eucharist, the "real presence," is doing here and in Fables generally (such as in "Baucis
Since the discovery of the papyrus, scholars have viewed the verses as being most likely a lament for Baucis
, a recently married friend of the poem's first-person speaker.
Levinas suggests wisdom or love, which proffers an unfailingly supply, as Baucis
and Philemon's love for strangers demonstrates.
Ours was at first a bond of professional respect, but time was good to us and allowed us to grow closer to each other like the two intertwining trees into which benevolent gods had turned Philemon and Baucis
. We embraced when we met wherever that was, in Morgantown, in the Arab fortress of Mdina on Malta, in a hotel lobby in Las Vegas, or in a country house in Wales.
Just before they retire to bed, "the children begged for a story" and "Ada took a book from her apron and tipped it toward the firelight and read." Her choice of story is explicit: she reads to them of Baucis
and Philemon (356), an elderly husband-and-wife pair made famous by the Roman poet Ovid in the eighth book of his epic poem, Metamorphoses.