Philomela


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Philomela

violated by Tereus, king of Thrace; he cuts out her tongue to prevent her from revealing his conduct. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 783]

Philomela

raped by Tereus, who cut out her tongue to prevent her from revealing the act. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 783]
See: Rape

Philomela (Philomena)

changed by gods into nightingale. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 205–206]
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Only the male sings, as Tereus does, attempting to woo Philomela with words.
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.
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.