Only the male sings, as Tereus does, attempting to woo Philomela
Amy Richlin likens Philomela
to Toni Morrison's supernatural Beloved, suggesting that "We're stuck with Philomela
Perhaps an even more archetypical representation of the act of speaking truth to power involves another Ovidian character who, like Philomela
, communicated through images: Ovid's Arachne used the art of weaving to disclose the abuses of the gods in a contest against Minerva, the goddess of needlework, wisdom, and warfare.
The story of Philomela
teaches us an important lesson.
Shakespeare read Ovid's tale of Philomela
in the Metamorphoses "not just with great intelligence, but in the light of his education, which had immersed him in a rhetorical and literary culture that enabled him to appreciate the full force of both the tale and of the way that Ovid tells it.
Un-Covering the Silent/-Ced Remainder of Exemplarity and Universality: Marsyas, Arachne, Philomela
Writing with her husband, bandmate Dan Moses, Kilbane adapts myths--like that of Procne and Philomela
in Weightless or Medea in The Medea Cycle--because she's interested in worlds where fantastical transformations, like a woman turning into a bird, are natural, even expected.
In selecting this form of punishment, Jordan seems to draw on the Philomela
myth found in Ovid's Metamorphoses.
Now, the trompe-l'oeil above the antique mantel in "A Game of Chess" harks back at the Philomela
episode in Ovid's Metamorphoses which Shakespeare took up and reworked in his early Senecan Roman tragedy, Titus Andronicus, where the mutilated Lavinia is the dramatic counterpart of the mythical figure raped by King Tereus.
34) Indeed, one might even think of young Lucius as being the potential voice both for his de-tongued Aunt Lavinia--whose crime he helps reveal when she responds desperately to the Tereus and Philomela
story printed in his Ovidian text--and for the pre-verbal infant son of Aaron and Tamora.
Bulbs opal and ignited as felted anus-stars, snow, spot the porch, blast the poplars: the thumbscrew aortal pulse of Philomela
17) Shannon McRae, ""Glowed into Words": Vivien Eliot, Philomela
, and the Poet's Tortured Corpse," Twentieth Century Literature, Vol 49, No.