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the Cumaean Sibyl, and the 1818 traveler--to thwart the extinction of
In such a moment, truly Cumaean powers descend upon Delilah" (256).
This Phoenician, who drowns in Dante's whirlpool, is Eliot's Ulysses; the withered Cumaean Sybil quoted in Greek for the poem's epigraph--"I want to die"--is his Tithonus.
This work lives up to its name, and, consoled by it, Christine falls asleep and dreams that she journeys around the world and to heaven and back guided by the Cumaean Sibyl.
A sympathetic employee of the facility secretly helped him find and buy his own house, a former funeral parlor, and it was there, beneath a plaque inscribed with the Cumaean Sibyl's pronouncement Apthanein Thelo (I wish to die), that the aging author undertook his final literary labor.
It is, in fact, the Cumaean Sybil who utters that prophecy in Book VI of the Aeneid, and although she is foreseeing the troubles that come from immigration, it is to the troubles suffered by an immigrant that she refers.
He begins with a Latin edition of the book faced with English translation, and appends a discussion of Virgil's sources for the Cumaean Sibyl.
The Cumaean Sibyl will meet such a miserable ending because she rejected Apollo's amorous attention.
And where Eliot presents a catalog of horrors drawn from literary history--the Cumaean sibyl, condemned to literal life imprisonment; Tristan, who dies believing his beloved Isolde has betrayed him; the distraught mother in Webster's White Devil who sings while her son buries the brother he has killed; Philomel, raped by her sister's husband, who then cuts out her tongue; the "lovely woman [who] stoops to folly" (Eliot 62) in The Vicar of Wakefield, and then commits suicide--Forche presents a catalog of horrors drawn from the history of the twentieth century.
Moreover, Lewis characterizes Corinne's genius as emanating from within, a la Shelley in A Defence of Poetry, whereas other scholars, including myself, have argued elsewhere that it is imposed more generally from without--she seems to be inhabited by other forces when she takes the stage, described in terms that evoke the Cumaean Sibyl and the Prophets of the Old Testament ("A Genius for the Modern Era: Madame de Stael's Corinne," FCFS 30: 3-4 and "Articulating Balzac's Genius at the Crossroads of the Nineteenth Century," Excavatio 16: 1-2).
One recalls the vast cavern of the Cumaean sibyl in book VI of Virgil's Aeneid (vv.
In this poem, Virgil announces that the ancient prophecy of the Cumaean sibyl is being fulfilled.